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Fatal accident aftermath spurs Net outrage

A TELEVISION news item showing traffic police lugging bodies from a car accident into a police truck has sparked outrage among Netizens.

The Web users say they want police to show more respect for the dead.

A drunk driver killed five people and injured four others in a wild driving spree in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, on June 30.

In the TV footage, police officers were seen shoving the bodies of the victims onto a police truck, piling some corpses on top of others.

"Meta_wang" criticized the officers and posted it on a popular online forum, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

The post -"If I die, Officer, please maintain my dignity" - has recorded 250,000 hits and provoked 2,500 comments, in support.

In the post, the woman said she expected three things of police officers if they ever have to deal with her death in an accident.

"Please rearrange my clothes or at least don't expose my half-naked body to the public," she wrote. "I don't want the public see my pink underwear even if I am dead."

She continued: "Please don't throw me on to the back of the police truck like a dead pig. Though I might be dead, I have family members who I don't expect to see my body being treated this way."

Finally she asked: "Please have an ambulance transport my body, or at least wrap me in a shroud. I feel uncomfortable enough with strangers when I am alive." She said she would leave enough money to cover the cost of the ambulance and shroud.

The post has won support.

One person recalled the Japanese workers who joined the rescue work for the May 12 Sichuan earthquake as an example, saying the workers stayed silent for a while for every body they uncovered.

But others showed understanding for the officers. The police are not funeral workers, they said.

The post raises higher public expectations for police work, said Professor Zhang Zanning of Nanjing-based Southeast University's law school.

Police officers should be more professional in dealing with corpses, he said.

The Nanjing police did comment on the post.

One of the dead in the June 30 crash was a pregnant woman whose husband and baby were also killed.

The driver, Zhang Mingbao, has been detained.

In the wake of the tragedy, Nanjing police issued an emergency notice on Saturday increasing the penalties for drunk driving.

Those caught drunk driving more than twice in a year will lose their licenses for five years. If they are involved in a hit and run accident they will be a banned from driving for life.


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