A police deputy director has been fired after an internal investigation into the police response to a savage attack by a group of men on four women who were eating at a late night barbecue restaurant in China.

The shocking assault, which took place on June 10 in the north-eastern city of Tangshan some 100 miles from Beijing, prompted outrage on Chinese social media and an investigation into why police were so slow to respond.

A report released today into the handling of the case by five public officials, including a deputy district head and a public security bureau director, found that it had been ‘slow and improper’. 

The investigation probed the police’s untimely dispatch of police, irregular law enforcement and suspected serious violations of discipline and law, according to local reports.

Policeman Chen Zhiwei had told investigators that he had arrived at the scene of the crime around five minutes after receiving the call at 2.41am.

But the report made clear that police did not arrive until 3.09am, a full 28 minutes later, by which time all the suspects had long since disappeared. 

The report also revealed that one of the main suspects, Chen Jizhi, was suspected to be involved in a litany of other crimes, including illegal gambling, illegal detainment of others and affray.

A woman was savagely beaten by a gang of men in China

A woman was savagely beaten by a gang of men in China

Two women treated at hospital following the incident were ‘in stable conditions and not in mortal danger’, while two others sustained minor injuries, authorities said Friday (the woman who received the brunt of the attack, pictured in hospital)

The thug in the green jacket leads the assault after he harasses the table of girls in the top left of the screen

The thug in the green jacket leads the assault after he harasses the table of girls in the top left of the screen

Two of the girls are dragged outside the restaurant where the beating continues as the gang casually and wantonly inflict savage injuries on them

Two of the girls are dragged outside the restaurant where the beating continues as the gang casually and wantonly inflict savage injuries on them

Eight people have been arrested in China following a vicious attack by a group of men on three women who were eating in a restaurant after one of them denied their unwanted attention. Five perpetrators have been identified as the above on social media

Eight people have been arrested in China following a vicious attack by a group of men on three women who were eating in a restaurant after one of them denied their unwanted attention. Five perpetrators have been identified as the above on social media

Police added they were escalating their investigations to look into whether the suspects had ties to criminal gangs.

Nine suspects – seven men and two women – were tracked down and arrested two days later on June 12.

Of the four women attacked, Yuan Mou, 24, and Li Mou, 29, were lightly injured, but Wang Moumou, 31, and Liu Moumou, 29, were sent to intensive care and are still in hospital eleven days later.

CCTV footage shows a man walking into a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan in the early hours of June 10 in northern China’s Hebei province, when he suddenly sets his focus on a woman sat sharing a meal with two companions at a table by the doorway.

He places his hand on her back, and she quickly grabs him by the wrist to push him away. A few seconds pass and the woman can be heard talking at him, he goes to put his arm around her once more before she pushes him back again – and he responds by striking her in the face. 

CCTV footage shows a man walking into a barbeque restaurant in Tangshan at 2.40am on 6 June, in northern China's Hebei province, when he suddenly sets his focus on a woman sat sharing a meal with two companions at a table by the doorway

CCTV footage shows a man walking into a barbeque restaurant in Tangshan at 2.40am on 6 June, in northern China’s Hebei province, when he suddenly sets his focus on a woman sat sharing a meal with two companions at a table by the doorway

He places his hand on her back, and she quickly grabs him by the wrist to push him away

He goes to put his arm around her once more before she pushes him back again

He places his hand on her back, and she quickly grabs him by the wrist to push him away. A few seconds pass and the woman can be heard talking at him, he goes to put his arm around her once more before she pushes him back again – and he responds by striking her in the face

A scuffle between the two begins – the woman tries to get him away from her by throwing a glass bottle, of what looks like beer, at his head. Her friend gets up and does the same by smashing another bottle at the side of the attacker’s head.

He then turns his attention to the friend, pushing her by the neck. She falls to the ground, only to be kicked, hit and smashed with crockery in the head by the initial perpetrator’s friend, who joins in on the brutal beatings.

The only time someone comes to the womens’ defence inside the restaurant is when the friend is being kicked at on the floor, when another of the three companions who watched the initial interaction between the man touching the woman’s back.

She protects her friend by using her body as a shield to stand over her, even withstanding when a chair is chucked over her back.

But the woman initially attacked is targeted again by the perpetrator in the green jacket, who notices her stood up beside him, and quickly grabs her by the hair to punch her in the face and launch another onslaught of violence.

The footage shows the woman being dragged out of the restaurant as four men continue to savagely assault her.

Once outside, the violence continues, and when another woman steps in only to be punched in the face, knocking her to the floor where she smashes her head on the concrete floor. 

The woman who has now faced three minutes of constant blows to the head and body is seen on outside CCTV footage getting kicked in the head, dragged by her hair and pushed into broken glass on the concrete pavement.

A minute later, the men wander away from the scene down a side street behind the restaurant. The woman gets up and runs in a similar direction.

The alarming video clips have been widely shared online and has sparked outrage over the consequences of facing predatory sexual behaviour.

It has also renewed an online debate about sexual harassment and gender-based violence in China, where the conversation around women’s rights has grown in recent years despite pressure from a patriarchal society, internet censorship and patchy legal support.

Campaigners say domestic abuse remains pervasive and under-reported while prominent feminists also face regular police harassment and detention.

Web censors in China blocked keywords linked to the #MeToo movement after a wave of women accused university professors of sexual harassment in 2018.



Daily Mail

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