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Officials suspended for stamping on man's head

By Li Qian  (Shanghai Daily)

09:29, June 05, 2013

POLICE in Yan'an City are investigating reports that an urban management official trampled on the head of a bicycle dealer and another reeked of alcohol while carrying out a campaign against illegal street vendors and traders.

Officials at the scene and their supervisors, eight in total, have been suspended, according to the Yan'an urban management bureau.

Last Friday, seven people got off a minivan which had "urban management law enforcement" painted on it, and carried away several bicycles lined up in front of a store in the city in northwestern Shaanxi Province.

That led to a brawl during which the owner of the bicycle shop, a person surnamed Liu, was stamped on the head by an official, witnesses said.

Video posted online showed a man in yellow, said to be Liu, and several uniformed men locked in a war of words as Liu held back the bicycles.

The quarrel escalated into a free-for-all. Two officials kicked and beat Liu who fell to the ground. One official can be seen jumping on his head and shoulder. At the end of the clip Liu walks away, bleeding profusely.

A police car can also be seen passing by in the video without stopping. The local district police refused to give any details as a probe was underway.

The bicycle store owner was twice warned by law enforcement officials not to put the bicycles outside the store. Officials again found the bicycles parked outside last Friday, said Duan Yuting, deputy head of the local urban management supervising detachment.

Officials seized the bicycles, said Duan. He had no comment over the "stamping" issue.

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