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Cop punished for violent law enforcement

SHANGHAI police said Friday that they have suspended a police officer who violently subdued a woman while putting the child she was carrying in danger.
A 50-second video shared on China’s multiple social networks since Friday noon has drawn tens of millions of viewers and sparked an outcry online. The video shows that the woman, holding the toddler with her left arm, challenged and pushed the police officer several times before the officer body-slammed her onto the ground. The young girl fell with the woman and cried out loud when she hit the pavement.
The police statement said the officer was patrolling haphazard car parking.
Police said both the woman and child suffered bruises, but no serious injuries.
Heated debates were triggered online, accusing the officer of abusing his power while on duty and causing harm to a young child. Others, however, argued that the woman was interfering with law enforcement by intentionally putting her child in potential jeopardy.
The police officer involved has been suspended from duty and is being investigated by police supervisory bodies, the statement said.
The woman was given a warning for hindering a police officer.
“The police officer’s rough handling of the incident was wrong,” the statement said.
Shanghai police requires officers to be reasonable, gentle, civilized and uphold standard law enforcement procedures, it said.