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Senior policeman fired over bizarre kneel order

A SENIOR police officer in northern China has been sacked after forcing six youngsters to "kneel before his son for forgiveness" after they beat the boy up last month.

Authorities of Linyi County in Shanxi Province said Wang Jiansheng was dismissed as vice director of Linyi's Public Security Bureau, The Beijing News reported yesterday.

Wang's son was slightly hurt in a fight on July 25 when he and two schoolmates clashed with seven young men.

Local police subpoenaed the seven later that day. They surrendered the next day after learning the victim was the son of Wang.

Linyi police told Wang to keep away from the case and suggested a settlement between the two parties or penalizing the seven with a short detention and small fines.

However, Wang notified the seven and their parents and came up with a bizarre solution. He said the youths should challenge his son in a series of boxing bouts.

Anyone who beat his son, an accomplished boxer, would be free from any penalty.

And anyone who knelt before his son would "be forgiven."

All seven, accompanied by their parents, met Wang and his son in a conference room at Linyi police headquarters on August 5.

None of them dared fight Wang's son and six chose to kneel down, which sparked public outrage in the area.

Wang was sacked on August 11 and disciplined by the Linyi Committee of Communist Party of China.


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