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[Chinese]FM urges US to punish border officer for beating
People Daily ^ | July 26, 2004

Posted on 07/26/2004 9:46:39 AM PDT by Dr. Marten

FM urges US to punish officer for beating

  


Photo:Lawyer of Chinese businesswoman Zhao Yan, Stanley Legan checks her wounds at his New York office, July 23. The 37-year-old Zhao Yan was beaten by a US border inspector for no reason on Wednesday near the famous Niagara Falls.(Xinhua Photo)
Lawyer of Chinese businesswoman Zhao Yan, Stanley Legan checks her wounds at his New York office, July 23. The 37-year-old Zhao Yan was beaten by a US border inspector for no reason on Wednesday near the famous Niagara Falls.(Xinhua Photo)
China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing urged the US to make serious and thorough investigations into the case in which a Chinese businesswoman was pepper-sprayed and beaten by a US border inspector.

In a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Collin Powell July 26, Li urged the US side to investigate into the case and punish the inspector involved, according to a Xinhua report.

Powell promised he would look into the matter.

Robert Rhodes was charged on Friday with civil rights violations after the Wednesday beating of 37-year-old Zhao Yan near the famous Niagara Falls.

Rhodes pepper-sprayed and struck Zhao after confusing her with suspected drug smugglers.

The Chinese Consulate General in New York expressed great concern to the case and urged the US side to make a serious and complete investigation and punish the people responsible.

Zhao, from North China's Tianjin, said she felt deeply humiliated.

Details about the case
A US border inspector faces criminal charges for beating a Chinese businesswoman.

Robert Rhodes was charged on Friday with civil rights violations after the Wednesday beating of 37-year-old Zhao Yan near the famous Niagara Falls.

Rhodes pepper-sprayed and struck Zhao after confusing her with suspected drug smugglers.

The Chinese Consulate General in New York expressed great concern to the case and urged the US side to make a serious and complete investigation and punish the people responsible.

The preparatory group of the US-China Free Trade Promotion Society has also lodged a protest to the US State Department, complaining against such serious violation of Chinese business people's human rights.

Zhao, from North China's Tianjin, said she felt deeply humiliated.

She and two other women were crossing the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls on the US-Canada border late last Wednesday when Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated marijuana from a male pedestrian.

Photo:Chinese businesswoman Zhao Yan gives a detailed account of a US inspector beating her in his lawyer's office in New York, July 23.(Xinhua Photo)
Chinese businesswoman Zhao Yan gives a detailed account of a US inspector beating her in his lawyer's office in New York, July 23.(Xinhua Photo)
The three were trying to take pictures when the officers inside a house nearby called and then rushed out of the building.

Rhodes approached Zhao and then pepper-sprayed her.

Associated Press reported Rhodes then threw her against a wall and kneed her on the head as she knelt on the ground. He then struck her head on the ground while holding her hair. The other officers joined him.

"I have been to many countries in the past for business purposes, and the United States is the most barbarous," Zhao was quoted as saying in a report on the website of People's Daily.

She travelled to the US on a business visa.

Zhao said she told the officers she had legal documents, including a passport and visa, but they did not stop beating her.

After she managed to display the documents she was told "it is a misunderstanding," Zhao said.

Now she wants to return home as soon as possible, but her lawyer, Stanley Legan, said she would sue for US$5 million in compensation.

"Subsequent investigation reveals (the victim) had nothing to do with the marijuana smuggling but was merely a tourist who happened to be in the area," a supervisor said in an affidavit obtained by Associated Press.

Senior Special Agent Steven MacMartin, who interviewed Zhao several hours later, noted that "both of her eyes were nearly swollen shut, that she had a large swollen area on the front of her forehead, that she had bruises around the eyes, and that she had a contusion high up on her forehead. (The woman) also complained of a scraped knee," MacMartin said.

In a statement written as part of normal procedure, Rhodes said after marijuana was found on the male pedestrian, another officer told him to go get three women who were believed to be traveling with him.

Rhodes said he went outside and asked the Chinese woman and two others to come into the inspection station but that they ran.

Zhao said she did not while the two others do. She was wondering what kind of help the police might need and approached the glass door.

He said he grabbed the nearest one and sprayed her with pepper spray when she swung her arms at him.

Rhodes said the woman scratched his arm and they both fell to the ground.

Rhodes has reportedly been transfered to a local court and faces criminal charges. He could face years in prison if convicted.

Source: Xinhua/China Daily

 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bcbp; borderinspector; china

1 posted on 07/26/2004 9:46:43 AM PDT by Dr. Marten
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To: Dr. Marten

I live near there and some of those border guards are pretty stupid... just above the quality of 'uniformed guards' at a factory - if you know what I mean


2 posted on 07/26/2004 10:07:48 AM PDT by Mr. K (`,,`,,this is like liberal logic,,`,,`))
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To: Dr. Marten

I'd take a beating like that for $5 million, seeing as how previously I've gotten them for free. :-)


3 posted on 07/26/2004 10:08:24 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Dr. Marten

"Rhodes approached Zhao and then pepper-sprayed her.

Associated Press reported Rhodes then threw her against a wall and kneed her on the head as she knelt on the ground. He then struck her head on the ground while holding her hair. The other officers joined him."

I guess this kind of treatment is ok as long as drugs are found on the suspects?


4 posted on 07/26/2004 10:17:02 AM PDT by monday
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To: monday

Personally, I think $5 Million is a little cheap. The guard probably beats his own woman.


5 posted on 07/26/2004 10:19:56 AM PDT by Dr. Marten
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Well of course he got confused.

After all, "They all look alike"! /sarcasm

What a nit-wit.


6 posted on 07/26/2004 11:07:49 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: monday

The article didn't say that they found drugs on her. The border agent stomped her when she tried to take pictures of an arrest of a male suspect.

"She and two other women were crossing the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls on the US-Canada border late last Wednesday when Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated marijuana from a male pedestrian.

The three were trying to take pictures when the officers inside a house nearby called and then rushed out of the building."

I hope the judge limits the award to actual damages rather than some 'send a message' type amount.


7 posted on 07/26/2004 12:20:39 PM PDT by pragmatic_asian
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To: Dr. Marten

Stupid bastard, I hope she wins her lawsuit and then presses charges in criminal court and has his butt thrown in the pokey.


8 posted on 07/26/2004 12:27:33 PM PDT by Zeroisanumber
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To: Dr. Marten
"I have been to many countries in the past for business purposes, and the United States is the most barbarous," Zhao was quoted as saying in a report on the website of People's Daily.

All non-Chinese are considered "barbarians". That's OK, we don't need to be liked, just feared. We should never forget that little spy plane incident that happened a few years ago before apologizing to those bastids.

9 posted on 07/26/2004 12:55:36 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!)
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To: TexasRepublic

If she was back home in China they would have put one in her head at the local stadium and sent the bill to her family...

Still I've dealt with Border Guards like this guy, at the peace arch crossing...I almost felt like dragging the guy over to the Canadian side for a bit of "Re-education". Everyone else in the office couldn't believe this guy was acting like such a moron...


10 posted on 07/26/2004 1:38:58 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: TexasRepublic

Did you forget that we blew up their embassy?


11 posted on 07/26/2004 6:05:20 PM PDT by Fishing-guy (AL)
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To: pragmatic_asian
...she tried to take pictures of an arrest of a male suspect.

That's a new law enforcement principle: get the guy with the camera first! < /sarcasm >

12 posted on 07/30/2004 8:39:37 AM PDT by JimRed (Fight election fraud! Volunteer as a local poll watcher, challenger or district official.)
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