Shanghai Traffic Police Officer Dragged to Death


From NetEase:

Driver Who Dragged Traffic Police Officer to Death Made Microblog Posts Abusing Police: You Servant, Pull Me Over If You Dare


Xinhua Daily online report — “If it were possible, I would’ve preferred not having left home at all today. I had no intention of hurting him.” At 3am on the 12th, Sun X, the man who dragged a Shanghai Traffic Police officer nearly 10 meters to his death sat in the interrogation room of the Minhang district Hongqiao police station, with a face of regret and helplessness. On the evening of March 11th, Sun X and another 32-year-old man’s fate intersected at the Shanghai city Minghang district Wuzhong Road and Hongxu Road intersection. One was an on-duty traffic police officer, one an offending driver, and the result was one of them leaving this world, and the other “entering prison in shackles”. Apart from being shocking and saddening, what netizens really want to know is, just what kind of person is this Sun X, who holds such a grudge against traffic officers and believes traffic officers are always picking on him? As a result, a microblog post he posted in 2012 was dug up:

“I was driving the other day and merging into the inside turn lane when a faraway traffic police vehicle kept honking its horn, and immediately my temper rose! MLGB, you servant, you drive a car purchased by your master, and you still act so arrogantly??? So I first didn’t move, waited until that servant came a bit closer, and then suddenly merged into the lane (have to praise BMW’s handling here)!! That servant had to slam on the brakes!! So satisfying!! I just TM love messing with our servants!! I changed lanes on a dotted lane, didn’t speed, first turned on my turn signals, so if you have the balls, let’s see you pull me over!!”

This microblog post was posted 2012 March 5, under the username of @猫先生孙凯特. From the words, it isn’t hard to see that he treats traffic police as a public servant of the people (original text: servant, driving a car purchased by your master), and believe police cannot be arrogant towards him. Then he believes he was “messing with his servants” within the scope allowed by the law (just love messing with our servants). With such a clear-cut attitude, it’s hard to believe this is actually the very same Sun X filled with regret currently in that detention center.


Quite a few netizens have already dug up offender Sun X’s Weibo username being “@猫先生孙凯特”, and that the two are the same. too has conducted an inquiry into this. On @猫先生孙凯特’s account, his blog’s web address is, and upon searching this blog’s domain name, one can find that the registrant’s name is Sun X. From media reports, it can be learned that Sun X was born 1983 February, and it isn’t hard to find out that @猫先生孙凯特’s birthday is also February. Browsing through his microblog posts, one often sees him posting about driving.

Comments from NetEase:

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广厦万间 [网易江苏省南京市手机网友]:

It seems our Anshan traffic police have better attitudes! I drove on the wrong side of the road against traffic for a short distance and was pulled over! That brother [traffic officer] gave me a salute, looked at my documents, and immediately said: I’ll give you five minutes to call and find someone [use a connection to get out of trouble]!

被遗忘的使命 [网易山东省网友]:

A public servant of the people… is that not right…?

cchhh [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

The offender will definitely be punished by the law — but some law enforcement personnel’s law enforcement and attitudes really can’t be complimented! The safety awareness of the traffic officer involved was also a bit lacking.

石头8OB3 [网易上海市手机网友]: (responding to above)

As someone responsible for strictly maintaining and enforcing traffic order, the way the traffic officer involved handled the matter cannot be faulted. He was someone who took his job seriously.

盘太螂 [脑洞全开]:

I really can’t read any further, just what is wrong with people these days? What is the reason and justification for sympathizing with someone who disregarded the law and committed murder? He killed a traffic officer, an ordinary person who had a family. Yes, a traffic officer is a public servant of the people, but can you deprive him of his life just for carrying out his public duty and handling violations of the law? What more, what this bastard said was “servant”, which is to say if it was an ordinary pedestrian, he might simply consider you a “stray dog”. Just think, what if it was your family member who was dragged to death like this? Would you want that? Bashers, please be conscientious in your speech! If you don’t agree, I’m willing to keep debating with you!

网易江西省南昌市手机网友 ip:182.105.*.*

Let’s analyze this rationally:
1. His car was already in the left turn lane, so it wasn’t terribly wrong for him to make a left turn. The traffic officer was being too rigid; 2. After the car turned left, the driver’s position was already past the traffic officer. Upon noticing, the traffic officer runs a few steps closely to the vehicle, reaches out and instinctively grabs the car, but by then, the car was already speeding up, completely unaware of the seriousness of what was to happen, while the driver was inside the car also unable to immediately sense what was happening outside, thinking the traffic officer would let go as he sped up, but tragedy occurred.
I personally think, when a driver breaks the law, the traffic police can punish as they please but they can’t pit their body up against a moving vehicle. Law enforcement cannot use violence against violence, and should first protect themselves before enforcing the law [not recklessly/needlessly risk their own safety]. So the traffic officer must also bear secondary responsibility… This driver will probably be sentenced to three years.

网易安徽省合肥市手机网友 ip:223.104.*.*

Said quite sensibly.

zzjj621 [网易湖南省手机网友]:

Actually, there are quite a lot of human scum like this.

magisu [脑洞大开]:

This kind of person really deserves it, and really ought not be given a light sentence.

jinxing8184 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

Judge by the facts, not the people. Judging by how it unfolded, the police officer and driver are both victims. Naturally nothing needs to be said about the police officer, as he lost is life. But the driver? He’ll definitely not escape prison time, and looking at the media, there seems to be an attitude of pushing for the death penalty. Conscientiously, for the driver, just how big of a deal was this originally? At most a fine of 200 yuan and being docked two points, how big of a deal is that? But because of the traffic officer’s senseless action, the nature of the matter became a criminal case, so you tell me whether or not the driver is also a victim here. Why do I say the traffic officer’s action was senseless? This matter was nothing more than a very trivial traffic violation, so why did you have to go do such a dangerous thing? Everyone knows a car in motion is an extremely dangerous thing, and cars turning are especially even more dangerous! Any sensible person would avoid it, but you go up to it even as you knew it was turning. To be harsh, wasn’t this action you knowingly courting death? What is even more incomprehensible is that you then actually went and grabbed onto the moving car. Do you really think you have the strength to stop the car like that? Is this not you putting yourself in danger? It isn’t as if he is going to commit murder; it was just a trivial traffic violation; was it really necessary for you to do this> If you want to punish him, there are many ways, and it isn’t as if he could escape such punishment. Intersections all have surveillance/traffic cameras that you can use to find and penalize him, or if that won’t do and you want to punish him quicker, you can also take out your two-way radio and tell your colleague ahead to pull him over. Did you really need to grab onto his car? You chasing after him was all danger and no benefit! Just because of chasing him, you could scare him into stepping on the wrong pedal and causing an accident! Which is to say your action would cause a trivial traffic violation to become a serious traffic accident, so you tell me whether or not you have fault? And now, a serious accident really has happened… I’m purely judging by the facts, not the people. Saying this will offend the deceased, but not saying it would make me feel I am not being fair to the driver… Quite a troublesome matter… I suggest the media not publish those biased reports with ulterior motives. Can you be more objective and neutral, please?????

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • There are too many sb in China

  • Mighty曹

    BMW driver. Of course.

  • Ezrahhh

    criminal locusts are now looking to swam the land of US of A with their pregnant females. So disgusted. Amend the 14th amendment .

    • Mighty曹

      Yes, the 14th Amendment should’ve included the Indians.

      • David

        The 14th Amendment did include those Indians who, by treaty, considered themselves part of the United States. Those who considered themselves a separate nation were not given any rights by the U.S. Constitution (they had rights by their own laws). Today, of course, all Native Americans within U.S. geographic borders are included.

        • Mighty曹

          Oh yeah, they did.

      • bujiebuke

        I wish I could have replied to that guy’s comment…

        • gregblandino

          Nothing like descendants of people who benefited from birthright citizenship advocating for the abolition of birthright citizenship.

          • bujiebuke

            Exactly. The isolationist/protectionist mindset is a concept that’s really hard move away from for some people.

          • gregblandino

            Yea, but it’s nearly as old as the republic itself, unfortunately. In belated honor to St. Patrick’s Day, an article on old school nativism, the gift that keeps on giving in the American politic.
            It’s still a ridiculous ideology, regardless of which century it rears its ugly head in.

        • Mighty曹

          You lament the fact that you didn’t see his comment or that you weren’t able to reply before it got deleted?

          • bujiebuke

            the latter

  • firebert5

    All I could think of when reading the final comment was, “I’ll bet I know exactly who this netizen would blame if the story was of a woman who was raped.”

    • 宋易

      Yeah, that last guy is a doofus.

    • Munkee

      That guy has his head so deep up his a*s that I wonder how he can still type his BS comment…

  • Guest

    “Why you picking on me?” is the attitude that makes so many people angry at some Chinese tourists.

    It’s the refusal to apologize and be considerate, it’s the refusal to consider that they could be wrong, that is actually much more offensive than the original offense.

    There is a joke that when someone bumps into a Canadian, the Canadian says sorry – that is because people sometimes run into each other and in that instance, you may not know who is at fault, and rather than fight about it, it’s better to both say sorry. When someone is ‘picking on you’, start by assuming you did wrong, apologize and ask them to explain because you don’t understand – chances are the other person would start apologizing for being too aggressive with you! Or if they don’t, you would look the better of the two at least.

    • Toasty

      It’s the whole notion of “face” that does so much damage for them. They are so terrified of “losing face” they will never admit to a mistake and never back down. It’s not a healthy thing for a society.

    • 宋易

      Better of the two maybe, but still pretty dumb. :-P

  • Amused

    Even after being here for 6 years and seeing many people bleeding on the pavement, I still can’t believe there aren’t a lot more pedestrian and bike traffic fatalities here. Sure this guy was acting with some malice, but just in general traffic situations here people are fucking oblivious.
    R.I.P. tho

    • 宋易

      I bike on the streets very often, its a circus.

    • Edward Kay

      Actually Anyone trained there can drive through a war zone unscathed.

  • Ozymandias

    This bastard dont deserve to live…

  • Bing

    Some of the stupid thug netizens should really come to the U.S, try to break the traffic law once, and try to turn against on the US police when being pulled over. Then they will change their mind.
    I think Chinese police officers should equip handgun for their own sake, and of course, to protect normal people better.

    • mr.wiener

      That might end badly.

    • bujiebuke

      “I think Chinese police officers should equip handgun for their own sake, and of course, to protect normal people better.”

      4/5 Chinese police officer I’ve encountered in my lifetime have come off as having a few screws loose. I would guess their IQs were in the low 80’s, and I’m being generous. Just imagine for a second those guys having guns and those same guys loaning their firearm to their chengguan buddies…

      • Dolph Grunt

        A friend of mine was teaching in Shanghai about 10 years ago and they had an outing to the Police Museum, a 7 floor museum of everything law and order in China. When he and his grade 1 class got to the seventh floor, they were taken to a mini target range. Each child (we’re talking 7 years old) was allowed to take a shot with a live gun!

        I know, I know. This sounds unbelievable but I’ve seen the photos and had the story backed up by another friend who was there.

        Apparently they know longer do this, though.

        • bujiebuke

          That’s not difficult to believe at all, in some rural areas, it wasn’t unusual to see children being taught to use a gun for warding off predators. I imagine that’s less common now.

          • Guest

            I think kids can be taught to shoot if you guide them AND give them a low power gun that is locked up when the training is done. A bad idea would be that case where the little girl accidentally killed her instructor with the recoil – the gun she was using was really way too powerful for someone so lightweight to use.

      • Bing

        why hate chinese police that much. PTSD?

        • bujiebuke

          I don’t “hate” them, I’m just sharing my personal experience that they’re not exactly the brightest apples.

        • Jahar

          I went to the police station to register once, and the officer told my landlady she shouldn’t rent her place to me because foreigners are always drinking and having sex with different girls.

          This level of professionalism in not unusual. It’s not that we “hate” them, but they definitely aren’t gonna get the level of respect that an authority figure should.

          • Bing

            lol. As foreigner myself, I have to say hate a group because of one person is EXACTLY what we should do, shouldn’t we.

          • Boris

            Went to the police for a recently. Guy wouldn’t get off his arse or call anyone to do what I needed him. Had to call in a favour. Suddenly changed his tune.

      • 宋易
        • bujiebuke

          I guess we’re going to read more stories about “accidental” firearm discharge…

          • 宋易

            Haha, my friend, you are thinking of a type of country where powerful people are held accountable. That is not this place.

    • gregblandino

      Only if they are issued one bullet they keep in their shirt pocket, Barney Fife style.

    • 宋易

      Yeah, American cops would break guys like these in two.

    • Guest

      Not a good idea to give em handguns. The country is big, discipline is poor, and proper procedure of drawing arms and returning them are not strictly followed. Ammo are not that difficult to get if you try hard enough.You’ll only end up with more daytime policemen and nightime robbers, and a more robust industry for hired killers. Don’t think the Politburo don’t know that already.

  • Zappa Frank

    I wonder, since Chinese in china the attitude was “picking on me”, in another country would be “racist, you are picking on me because I’m Chinese”. I’m writing something completely unrelated, and to tell the truth is not even related with Chinese, just a reflection on how sometime people in the same circumstances are simply stupid or racial victims.

  • Dolph Grunt

    Okay, am I looking at this right? Did he actually grab the policeman and intentionally drag him? Damn! That’s outright murder!

    In Chinese law, that’s… what? 1 – 99 years?

    • Teacher in China

      I don’t think so man. It looks to me like the policeman chased after the car and grabbed on to it. Not sure what he was hoping to accomplish with that…

    • Brian_Dell

      I don’t know which to shake my head at more: the cop not letting go when it was obvious the vehicle was not going to stop or the guy for not stopping when the officer was so clearly motivated to stop him.

      Imagine you were sitting in the driver’s seat and having a tremendous verbal fight with your significant other. You start the car and say you’re leaving. He or she says over my dead body you take that vehicle anywhere and reaches for your window. Most people driving would stop but even more people on the outside would let go before getting killed. This particular cop persisted likely because he believed a duty was owed to him, namely a duty to obey. Not unreasonably so if it weren’t so clearly unsafe, such that I think it’s an easy charge of criminal negligence causing death for the driver. The harshest penalty ever handed out in Canada for criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle causing death was given to a guy who was sent to prison for seven years after killing three teens. My starting point would be to give this guy two years plus a day given that’s there’s arguably contributory negligence and we don’t have the total disregard for the safety of the general public with this guy that we have with the typical committer of this crime. This would then be doubled to make a statement about obeying a peace officer.

  • AbC

    “driver who dragged police officer to death…” (Misleading headline, as per the original story).

    I’m not defending the recklessness of the driver. But clearly he was just trying to get away with a traffic infringement and it was the officer who grab hold of the moving vehicle that caused his death. Deserves jail time still, but clearly will receive a much more severe punishment than warranted given the resulting circumstances.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Well seeing his blog post, it’s clear it was done out of malice rather than accident. That can be taken as a confession which could up the severity.

      • AbC

        His blog post was more of an idiodic bragging on his complete disregard of police officers. He certainly deserves jail time for his actions. But based on the cctv vision, he’s already in the process of accelerating before the officer decided on a last second attempt to grab hold of the moving vehicle. Based on Chinese law where each party is to a certain extent (%) responsible in almost every traffic offence, it’d be easy to argue the policeman will be partly to blame for his own death. But there will be very few who’d feel sorry for him if he got the shit end of the stick in court.

  • Jahar

    Quick question about netease. The stories on there, are they generally proper news stories, or just posts by people saying what they’ve seen and heard? I haven’t been home in a while, and I’m wondering if we have many websites of this sort with this level of credibility and popularity, or if this is just a product of the Chinese media’s lack of these qualities.

    • Kai

      It’s one of the largest portal sites in China, so think of it as being similar to Yahoo or MSN. Different sections within it source and produce content differently (again, like Yahoo and MSN), but like portal sites in general, they generally syndicate (republish) articles from other sources, news media, and content-producers.

      The source of this article, Xinhua Daily, is a known “proper” news media publicaion. So this is not just some random netizen’s “post”.

  • Markus P

    盘太螂 [脑洞全开’s comment is something i agree with, why are many of the comments trying hard to justify this and sympathising with the killer. He broke the law, the traffic officer was trying to do his job and educate that mistake to the driver, the driver drove off and killed him while trying to flee, yes it was not intended, but, that’s why we have traffic laws to prevent accidental deaths. The rules are not there to annoy people they are there for safety. The comments are acting like the law doesn’t matter and that the mistakes was small enough to be let off, but, in doing so, no one learns, besides he might well have just been given a warning, we don’t know because he fled.

    • Munkee

      “The rules are not there to annoy people they are there for safety.”
      I could not agree more. I am always amazed by the inability of most people (either in China or elsewhere) to understand that.
      Reminds me of the folks who complain that they have to keep their seatbelt on during a flight. If there is a big turbulence, that’s what will save their nut-sized brain from hitting violently the overhead compartments…

  • Irvin

    Well……..we asians always had a problem with the road…..apparently it transcend just driving.

  • Yes!

    He can be charged with multiple crimes, each count is punishable :
    1. Interfering with or refusing to obey a police officer carrying out his lawful duty
    2. Obstruction of justice
    3. Resisting arrest
    4. Causing death by negligence
    5. Leaving the scene of an accident
    6. Not stopping to render aid
    7. Fleeing to avoid arrest
    If he broke the law and then “accidentally” killed the policeman, his claim of “accidental injury or death” or “it was his fault for hanging on to my car” has no merit.

  • He Who Be Free

    This fuckface is going down.

  • dafaq

    Another look at that video shows the clear intent and motive of the driver. The speed at which he takes the turn doesn’t look like he cares much about people or physics.