in 2004, outbound travel also far less today so convenient.For the average person, then can go abroad to appreciate the foreign scenery is an exciting event.
on July 21, 2004, from tianjin Zhao Yan lady but in this happy day of infamy.Zhao Yan in Niagara Falls sightseeing, immigration to the United States the police Robert rhodes sprayed pepper spray and beaten.
this matter immediately caused outrage in the chinese-speaking world, expressed concern about China's consulate in New York, and urge the us side serious investigation.Then America's secretary of state colin Powell in calls to the then Chinese foreign minister li zhaoxing, will personally supervise the investigation.
13 years later, late of the goddess of justice has finally come!On August 7, the United States federal court sentenced, the U.S. government to blame for this, must to Zhao Yan compensation of $461000 (RMB 3.08 million).
sightseeing beaten by the police for
according to the Associated Press, 2004, tianjin was 37 years old, female businessman Zhao Yan through business visa to the United States, Pennsylvania lumber business.Work in the business of intermittent, Zhao Yan came to the world famous Niagara Falls near the side sightseeing in the United States.
according to the China Daily reports in July 2004, the month 21 Zhao Yan and two other female companions are walking through the Niagara Falls on the rainbow bridge.When a man next to search by the us immigration and border protection police stopped, the man was confirmed with marijuana.
Zhao Yan and fellow unaffected, ready to take out a camera Niagara Falls.But on the bridge near a building, a policeman shouted stopped Zhao Yan a line, and rushed out of the door darted towards Zhao Yan et al.
according to the Associated Press, the name is the United States citizenship and immigration services of Robert rhodes treated Zhao Yan police used pepper spray spray, and pushed her to the wall.Robert rhodes and with knee against Zhao Yan head and even after Zhao Yan fall on the ground was still holding her hair continue to hit her head.Other police officers were later joined Robert rhodes.
Zhao Yan lawyer Reagan for her public examination (small scale)
according to Zhao Yan personally told People's Daily web site, in the process of Zhao Yan police said his own business identity to the United States, and says he has legal passport and visa and other documents, but the other party is not willing to listen, not to stop the beating process.
only when Zhao Yan eventually took out carry documents, sorry to the United States citizenship and immigration services to police, said "this is a misunderstanding.
according to the Associated Press, rhodes immigration boss later wrote in a report:
"the beaten up lady has nothing to do with marijuana smuggling completely, she is just a just passing by the tourists there."
the incident a few hours after the visit Zhao Yan immigration senior correspondent Martin McKee observed, "Zhao Yan eyes are swollen to can hardly opened its eyes, forehead and has a large area of passive congestion around the eye, face and knees has a bag."
victims feel humiliated, foreign minister, consulate, Chinese voice
Zhao Yan court filing to the United States, said the matter caused her deep feeling of humiliation, physical and mental have caused serious trauma.
rhodes involved police report later, he received instructions to his scrutiny Zhao Yan line of three people is involved in smuggling marijuana in man, and when he yelled and out of the office, Zhao Yan two companions were away.
according to Zhao Yan memories, experienced Zhao Yan travel abroad at that time, did not fear, and also take the initiative to go to rhodes, asked whether the police need her help.So kind, but brutal beatings, let her to wear the uniform of the police "fear" in the United States.
Chicago BBS reported
Zhao Yan of contemporary Chinese deep sympathy and support.BBS Chicago newspaper says it received more than 300 after the incident of letters from Chinese in America.Demands that the United States in addition to the Chinese authorities to fair trial Zhao Yan case, punish the police, said foreign citizens lack of security in the United States.
a had suffered a similar reader surnamed lu said:
"for americans, the United States is a safe country, but for foreigners it is a different matter."
the us-china trade council for the promotion of pressure on the us side said that the United States in the case of bear the "unshirkable responsibility", and asked the United States government to protect the personal safety of Chinese businessmen in the United States trade.
China Daily reported
China Daily reported, then foreign minister li zhaoxing and us secretary of state colin Powell calls, ask its investigation, punish severely involved.Powell said he will personally supervise the case investigation and trial.
the Chinese consulate in New York also expressed serious concern about the matter, and urge the us side survey must be "serious and comprehensive", and the beating of the harm of punishment.
New York subway newspaper reports, there are ordinary new yorkers deeply sympathize with the sufferings of the Zhao Yan, and hope to represent the people of the United States apologize to her.
trial runs smooth, 13 years after justice
after the incident, the United States government to Robert rhodes filed a criminal prosecution, and was relieved from his position.
in the criminal lawsuit, the U.S. government accused Robert rhodes USES "unnecessary force" (excessive force) to treat Zhao Yan lady, seriously violated her basic human rights.Robert rhodes could face up to 10 years in prison.
but in 2005, Robert rhodes was acquitted in the criminal trial, then even restored position.
in 2006, ms Zhao Yan filed a civil lawsuit against $10 million claim mental compensation.
when the trial court in 2015, initially in the criminal lawsuit prosecution rhodes in the United States government this shift position defended rhodes, think Zhao Yan lady is also responsible for his own injury.
the Associated Press reported the case
on August 7, 2017, the United States federal district court in rochester, office announced in the file, after no jury deliberation, a federal judge Elizabeth he ruled the U.S. government for the immigration police "attack, beaten and illegal detention" responsibility, should be compensation for medical treatment, mental suffering, lost wages and compensation for the illegal detention, a total of $460800.
the current federal judge James Kennedy said after the verdict, and he was glad to see the case got a fair trial, he also believes that judicial justice is the U.S. government has always been the pursuit of the goal.
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