China's city officers beat an old man to death, says report
Published on Apr 9, 2014 5:28 PM
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police said on Wednesday they are investigating the death of an elderly man, after reports that he died following a beating by city enforcement officers triggered outrage online.
The urban management personnel known as "chengguan" enforce local regulations and have a poor reputation in China, where stories of their brutality regularly spark outcries.
The man, aged around 70, tried to mediate in a dispute on Wednesday between the officers and a market vendor in Fuzhou city in the eastern province of Fujian, the Strait News said.
The chengguan were suspected of beating him and he died at the scene, the newspaper said on its verified account on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
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