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Police treatment of corpses rapped

A TELEVISION news item showing traffic officers lugging bodies from a car accident onto 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 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, yesterday's Oriental Morning Post reported.

The post - "If I die, officer, please keep my dignity" - has recorded about 250,000 hits and 2,500 comments of support.

In the post, the woman said she expected three things of police 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.

"Please don't throw me onto the back of a 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.

"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."

One person recalled the Japanese who joined the rescue work for the May 12 Sichuan earthquake last year as an example, saying the workers observed a moment's silence as they uncovered each body.

Others showed understanding for the officers, saying the police "were not funeral workers."

The reaction showed that the public had high 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.

Nanjing police did not 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.

Nanjing police issued an emergency notice on Saturday markedly increasing the penalties for drunk driving.


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