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  • Tear-gassed, beaten and dragged.

  • Protesters in Hong Kong have accused the police

  • of using excessive force during a

  • political demonstration in June.

  • Hong Kong officials have pushed back.

  • My officers are acting

  • in accordance with our guidelines.”

  • The New York Times analyzed hundreds of videos,

  • spoke to protesters who were beaten

  • and interviewed experts in crowd control.

  • We identified seven incidents caught

  • on camera that contradict official statements

  • and show that police officers did use excessive force,

  • according to experts.

  • On June 9, one million people took to the streets

  • to protest a bill that would allow

  • Hong Kong to detain and extradite people

  • to mainland China.

  • The proposal stoked fears over the erosion

  • of civil liberties that have long set Hong Kong apart

  • from the Chinese mainland.

  • Protestersdemands went unheeded.

  • And days later, on June 12,

  • lawmakers put the bill to a vote.

  • Thousands gathered at the government headquarters

  • in protest.

  • The demonstration was mostly peaceful,

  • but a small group of protesters

  • threw objects at officers in an attempt

  • to breach police lines.

  • Officers responded, beating protesters with batons

  • and using tear gas and riot control

  • ammunition indiscriminately.

  • Peaceful demonstrators found themselves

  • in the middle of the chaos.

  • Ying-mo, a retired mechanic’s instructor,

  • was watching the protest.

  • In this video, we see him unarmed

  • walking toward police.

  • An officer aims a gun, likely loaded

  • with balls containing pepper spray.

  • A popping sound is heard.

  • Ying-mo falls to the ground.

  • Three officers pick him up and carry him away.

  • Ying-mo was charged with participating

  • in an unlawful assembly and released on bail.

  • What happened to him was not an isolated incident.

  • In this video, another protester

  • stands near officers.

  • Riot police pull him to the ground and beat him.

  • He is taken to the sidewalk and arrested.

  • In another incident, a man who is distributing water

  • is attacked by the police.

  • Officers pepper spray him,

  • punch him and beat him with batons.

  • One officer puts him in a chokehold.

  • In some cases, commanders participate in the violence.

  • They are identified by white shirts.

  • When this protester falls to the ground,

  • two commanders are among a group of police

  • who attack her with batons and shields.

  • And this woman said she was dragged for about 150 meters

  • to the legislative council by a commander.

  • All of the protesters shown here

  • were arrested and later released, some on bail.

  • Dr. Rohini Haar, an expert in crowd control,

  • said these police actions were unjustified.

  • Some of the most chaotic scenes

  • happened when police fired tear gas

  • at protesters trapped outside an office building.

  • Early on that day protesters set up

  • barricades on the street.

  • Around 3 p.m., officers surrounded

  • the building on both sides, firing tear gas.

  • Trapped by the police and barricades,

  • protesters rushed toward the tower’s main entrance.

  • Those who make it inside attempt to open locked doors

  • to allow more people through.

  • But the police continue to fire tear gas into the crowd.

  • Ivy Chan was volunteering at the protest,

  • assisting people outside the tower.

  • Dr. Haar said the police caused unnecessary panic.

  • As violence escalated, Wu Chi-wai,

  • a prominent Hong Kong lawmaker, walked the front lines.

  • As he moves toward the police, a commander

  • directs another officer to fire tear gas.

  • He continues marching,

  • and a second canister is fired.

  • Anna Feigenbaum, an expert in the use of tear gas,

  • said that it should never be used like a firearm.

  • We sent these videos to the Hong Kong police,

  • but they did not respond to our request for comment.

  • At least 81 people were injured in the demonstration,

  • according to the Hong Kong government.

  • Police have said 22 officers were injured.

  • Officials have promised an investigation

  • into police actions,

  • and the extradition bill was suspended after June 12.

  • But protesters want more.

  • They are asking for an independent inquiry

  • and the full withdrawal of the bill.

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