Chaos broke out after an angry crowd battled police officers over an alleged abduction case in Jining city in eastern China’s Shandong province, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The incident happened in Yanzhou district around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, when a grandmother surnamed Zhao, her daughter surnamed Yi and her two grandchildren were enjoying a stroll in the neighborhood.
A misunderstanding arose after a female passerby surnamed Li tried to stop Yi who was shouting and beating her apparently misbehaving kids.
A quarrel between Li and Yi ensued, attracting a big crowd of onlookers.
It was reported that Yi and Zhao tried to get away from the scene by accusing Li of trying to abduct the children.
The crowd then surrounded Li and started beating her up.
A local resident, surnamed Feng, was also injured in the melee.
Police officers arrived at the scene about 40 minutes after concerned residents called for help.
The crowd complained about their slow response, saying that they could have come under 10 minutes on foot.
When the officers tried to take away Li and another unidentified person for further questioning, the crowd tried to stop them by surrounding the two police cars and turning them upside down.
The incident was settled only four hours later at around 1 a.m.
Jining police authorities have set up an independent unit to investigate the incident.
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