A Chinese police officer was forced to resign after his father was harassed for reporting a local business’s illegal operations and violations of regulations. On the evening of September 5, police officers from the public security office went to his home to question him. Fortunately, he was not present at the time.
Wang Ke was a second-class police constable at the Huangyan Police Station in Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, before resigning in August. The city is located about 300 kilometres south of Shanghai.
Wang Youyi, Wang Ke’s father, reported online in 2018 that Yuanqiao Supply and Marketing Cooperative had illegally leased the business licences of its gas stations to individuals with no business qualifications, and that the gas stations were unsafe. A dangling power wire above a gas pump and trees near fuel nozzles were among the safety concerns.
Wang Youyi owns a stake in the cooperative about which he was reporting.
According to one of his online posts, the ground construction of one of the gas stations did not comply with the land certificate, implying that the placement of the gas station was most likely not approved by the local land management administration.
Wang Youyi reported the alleged violations to the local market regulation administration, the fire brigade, the work safety administration, and the local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) disciplinary organ in his posts. On March 22, 2021, he went to the local disciplinary committee to inquire about the findings of the investigations. “What you reported is a legal dispute; we cannot reach an investigative conclusion,” the staff told him. “There is no conclusion that is our conclusion.”
According to Wang Youyi’s online posts, on May 21, 2019, Deputy District Director of Huangyan District Jiang Dehua held a coordination conference about the alleged regulatory violations and business licence issues of the gas stations. On July 18, nearly two months later, the market regulation administration responded to Wang Youyi, stating that it “cannot cancel the business licenses of the two gas stations based on relevant laws.”
Wang Ke assisted his father in posting the materials on Chinese social media platforms. He had not expected to be pressured by his own police station for assisting his father’s reporting.
Wang Ke holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with a concentration in criminal investigation. He is also a licenced Chinese lawyer.
On September 2, Wang Ke told the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times that the Huangyan Police Station, where he worked, tried to silence his father by putting him under a lot of pressure.
In the last three years, police officers of various levels have summoned him at least 100 times, asking him to persuade his father to stop reporting, but Wang Ke has refused. They also conducted various investigations into him and threatened to fire him. He was once held in solitary confinement at the police station. In his 2019 and 2020 annual evaluations, he was rated as “incompetent,” which is a reason for a Chinese workplace to fire an employee. Wang couldn’t accept what was happening to him because he had done nothing wrong.
Wang realized, through his and his father’s experiences, that Chinese society under CCP rule functions abnormally. “I hadn’t seen [the dark side of society] before, and I couldn’t see [the reason] clearly,” Wang explained. He realised that his father was upholding justice, and he later assisted his father in posting details of his allegations on China’s social media platforms.
“I believe the local political environment is extremely hazy. Officials conspire and protect one another. I couldn’t stand the atmosphere and didn’t want to put up with such treatment, so I resigned,” Wang explained.
Wang described the last few years as a nightmare. In his resignation letter, he stated, “What I have experienced in the past years has caused a great deal of mental pain.” I frequently experience insomnia, cold sweats, and nightmares. In my heart, I am very upset and anxious.”
Wang observed that the root cause of society’s decline is systemic corruption. “Unless you don’t want any promotion or benefits, you have to sell your soul to them to varying degrees in the current system,” Wang explained.
Wang was not at home on September 5 when agents from local public security arrived to pick him up. They left a message for his family, requesting that he delete the online posts. He fled, but was apprehended the next day.
The Chinese language Epoch Times attempted but failed to contact the interviewee prior to the publication of the article. According to an anonymous source, Wang Ke was apprehended by local police on September 6.
After contacting local police departments and individuals who refused to comment, The Epoch Times has not been able to confirm the details. The Epoch Times will continue to monitor the situation.
One of Wang’s friends (who asked not to be identified for security reasons) told The Epoch Times that he admires the young man’s courage in standing up for justice. He stated that there are other young and courageous police officers in China who also fight for justice.
Wang’s former colleague Chi Wen was arrested twice on criminal charges after reporting that the deputy chief of the police station, Zhou Xianghui, had committed adultery.
Wang’s friend hopes that the international community will stand by him and others like him.