The United States is calling for a “swift, transparent and complete” investigation into the beating of a handcuffed Hong Kong democracy protester by plainclothes police.
Washington is “deeply concerned” by the alleged police brutality, French news agency AFP, reported Friday, citing State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“We encourage Hong Kong authorities to carry out a swift, transparent, and complete investigation into the incident,” Psaki said.
She urged the government to show restraint and protesters to remain peaceful.
Television footage of officers assaulting the unarmed protester in a dark corner of a public park has sparked outrage and calls for prosecution from activists and lawmakers.
Tensions soared in the former British colony after the video went viral Wednesday, with protesters saying they had lost all faith in the police despite the accused officers being “removed” from their posts by city authorities, the report said.
“It is stomach-churning to think there are Hong Kong police officers that feel they are above the law,” Mabel Au, director of Amnesty Hong Kong, said in a statement.
The incident has become another public relations disaster for the police, who were severely criticised for firing tear gas on umbrella-wielding protesters on Sept. 28.
Demonstrators have also accused officers of failing to come to their aid during several attacks by violent pro-government thugs.
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