On Tuesday, a Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics student, Xiao Peng (alias) and his friend, claim that they had their behinds beaten by police until they were raw and severely bruised after exposing another episode of police misconduct and refusing to give up the evidence.
On that same night, the Lanzhou Public Security Bureau expressed that they had already launched an internal disciplinary investigation into the matter, and that the results would be released in due time, NetEase reports.
A video has since gone viral on Chinese social media, with the disturbing footage showing a young man being directed into a police car, but before even managing to sit down, he’s kicked by the officer. The officer then notices someone filming the incident on their phone and comes forward demanding the phone.
Xiao Peng explains that the video was filmed by him, and the man being kicked is a fellow classmate.
Last Monday, Xiao Peng and his classmate went to a restaurant next to the university dorm at around 8:40 p.m. to use the bathroom, only to have people urge them to hurry. There was a barrage of cursing, and both sides soon came to conflict. Police showed up to fix the problem, though it seems like they just managed to make it worse.
According to Xiao Peng, after being forcibly taken to the police station and refusing to hand over the footage, the two students were beaten with truncheons and slapped in the face by the enraged officers.
“My butt was beaten bloody, any noises meant another five hits, the one’s who attacked us are the guys in the video,” Xiao Peng said.
Photos released by Peng and posted online show the pair’s heavily bruised buttocks.
Already, a police instructor and police commissioner have been removed from their posts following the incident.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via NetEase]