The two Hong Kong police officers who appear in a video battering an old man in a hospital were taken into custody on Tuesday, August 20th, AFP reported. For the police force, already being condemned for unrestrained violence, the video was like salt rubbed into a wound.
In the video shot in June, two officers in police uniform can be seen descending on the man with batons with a piece of cloth over his mouth. The assault lasts several minutes with the officers taking turns, no one else could be seen in the room.
The man was an arrestee, police said.
"It is clear that the actions committed by the police officers concerned are unlawful," said police spokesman, John Tse, adding that police viewed the video for the first time on Tuesday.
"So far, two involved officers were arrested for assault occasioning actual bodily harm."
He said the investigation would be independent and affirmed "police officers are never allowed to use abusive force for their own sake".
The assault will put more pressure on the already embattled police force.
Hong Kong has been gripped by weeks of unrest as pro-democracy protesters took to the streets demonstrating against a law that would allow the extradition of Hong Kong residents to China.