Three Changzhou Maritime Bureau law enforcers are currently being investigated by police after causing the death of a boatman. The officials were on patrol when they noticed a boat unloading sand at a canal wharf. On confiscating the vessel’s communication equipment after inspection, crewman Mr. Zhang requested the men wait for the boat’s proprietor to return before dealing with the matter. In order to stop them leaving, Zhang tied a rope to his neck and the patrol boat. After a long deadlock, the enforcers drove their boat away, dragging and killing him. Many netizens agreed the men’s conduct constituted murder.