Man wrongly identified as thief, beaten on the subway

Video released by a netizen on Weibo, China’s twitter-like social media platform, shows a cell phone thief being caught on a crowded subway in Beijing on Tuesday. However the suspect, who had been badly beaten, was actually an innocent pedestrian owning a phone similar to the one that was stolen.
Being mistaken for a thief, the man was held on the floor and punched in his face while crying and shouting, “Please help me! Call the police!” Many passersby recorded the entire incident, but no one called the police, and only a few pedestrians attempted to help. The video triggered various discussions online and a weibo user named @April asked, “Why did the person beat him without even asking first? Was he thinking with the power of fists instead of his brain?”

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