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7 Hong Kong police get 2 years' prison in activist's beating

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, five of the seven Hong Kong police officers, from left, Police Constable Wong Wai-ho, Police Constable Lau Hing-pui, Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, Sergeant Pak Wing-bun and Police Constable Kwan Ka-ho arrive the District Court in Hong Kong as they were charged with assaulting a pro-democracy activist in an incident on Oct. 15 2014. Seven Hong Kong police officers have been sentenced Friday, Feb. 27 to two years in prison for assaulting a pro-democracy activist at the height of 2014 protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, five of the seven Hong Kong police officers, from left, Police Constable Wong Wai-ho, Police Constable Lau Hing-pui, Senior Inspector Lau Cheuk-ngai, Sergeant Pak Wing-bun and Police Constable Kwan Ka-ho arrive the District Court in Hong Kong as they were charged with assaulting a pro-democracy activist in an incident on Oct. 15 2014. Seven Hong Kong police officers have been sentenced Friday, Feb. 27 to two years in prison for assaulting a pro-democracy activist at the height of 2014 protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)  (The Associated Press)

Seven Hong Kong police officers have been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting a pro-democracy activist at the height of 2014 protests.

The attack was caught on film by TV news cameras, stoking outrage among residents of the Chinese financial hub and further fueling the protests against Beijing's plan to restrict elections.

District Court Judge David Dufton said Friday in his sentencing remarks that it was a serious case that required prison time. He said officers bound activist Ken Tsang's hands behind his back with plastic ties and subjected him to a "vicious assault."

Protesters were scuffling with police in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 15, 2014, when news cameras caught officers carrying Tsang away and beating him up in a dark corner of a park.