Eyes on the Prize

Ricky Wong for TIME

"New Beijing, Great Olympics" is China's slogan for its bidding for the 2008 Olympics

What's weird about the following scene: Beijing gangsters shove hostages into a car and flee. When the pursuing police fire at their gas tank, blowing it up, the hooligans hustle the captives from the smoldering wreck into a nearby building. A dozen cops in black ski masks race across open ground firing semi-automatic weapons at them, scale the building with ropes, then swing from the rooftop through the windows. After a second gun battle, they subdue the outlaws. It's unclear what has become of the hostages. Later, when asked if police normally open fire on cars and buildings with innocent civilians...

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