Hong Kong police caught on video brutally assaulting protester

Warning: the video is hard to watch.

 

Kevin Collier

Tech

Published Oct 15, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 9:49 am CDT

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have taken a dark turn, as new video shows a gang of police beating a handcuffed man.

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Those “Umbrella Revolution” protests, which began in late September, stem from China’s announcement that semi-democratic Hong Kong could only vote for a list of predetermined candidates in upcoming elections. Some media outlets have previously lauded the protests as “polite,” though growing increasingly tense.

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That tension has now apparently broken into violence. New video, reportedly taken late Tuesday evening, shows uniformed police officers carrying off a handcuffed man the Wall Street Journal identifies as a protester, then beating and kicking him as he writhes on the ground.

Warning: Footage is disturbingly violent.

In a news conference decrying the incident, pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator Lee Cheuk-yan referred to the officers “black cops” and called for a full police investigation.

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Photo via Elvert Barnes/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Jason Reed

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*First Published: Oct 15, 2014, 6:40 pm CDT