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Is the law applied and enforced more often and more harshly on Chinese?
I do not know whether and what rules have been broken by the Chinese driver and merchants, but the brutish response by the Milan police seems totally inappropriate. |
Riot police with body armour, shields and batons certainly seems an over-use of force when dealing with offences of such nature. They are more suitable for dealing with violent, drunken soccer hooligans.
Case Study 1: NYPD in Chinatown, NY
By way of comparison, the small businesses in Chinatown, New York, often display their wares on the pedestrian walks. It breaks the city's by-laws and it often annoyed me, but the NYPD ignores that because it is so petty and the NYPD is totall overworked.
On one ocassion that I read about, the NYPD descended on the Bowery, asked assertively that they bring the wares back into their shops, and in a few cases the NYPD threw them back in. The owners were given verbal warnings not to display their wares on pedestrian walks again
That's seemed to me an approriate use of force. No riot gears and no shields and batons necessary. You don't want to upset the NYPD too much.
Case Study 2: Burly parking officer grap Chinese mom offender in Melbourne
A mom stops at a no-stopping zone so that her small children (all under ten) can go to the toilet urgently. On getting back into the car, a burly parking officer came sprinting out of the restaurant, grabbed her by her wrist; restrainted her and gave a parking ticket for stopping in a no-stop zone.
I know this woman, a waitress who always served me with a smile whenever I eat there. She's small and timid, she was also nursing a bruised wrist. She paid the ticket and was too frightened to report the assault, being a new migrant who hasn't got Australian citizenship.
Sure, she commited a traffic offence, has anyone here stopped at a no-stop zone? But to grab her by the wrist like that seems an excessive use of force, the smaller children were traumatised and cried. I would have sued the council.
Now the likes of Emuc will tell you that these people have broken the regulations therefore the full force of the law and a beating with batons is justifiable.
Funny that, I have seem German, British and esp American tourists breaking local laws, but no Italian police charged them with riot gears, and beat them up with batons.
Yes, racism comes in different degrees, when laws are enforced more rigourously and excessive force is used on one particular group, then that constitutes racism.
[ Last edited by cestmoi at 2007-4-14 06:51 PM ]