Two police officers have been arrested over the beating death of a college student in a nightclub in northeastern China — a move apparently aimed at quelling increasing public anger at a force often accused of corruption and abuse of power.
Recent weeks have seen a series of riots and attacks against government offices and police, sparked by alleged assaults on citizens and more general complaints over corruption and opaque decision-making. The arrests in the industrial center of Harbin come as the government has expressed concern that a souring economy could further stoke the unrest.
Harbin police on Tuesday called a news conference to announce the arrests of Liu Linan and Qixin over the beating death of Lin Songling, a 22-year-old student at the provincial university of physical education. Both were identified as officers with the city police’s railway division.