China: Diplomat beaten, injured by Houston police
BEIJING (AP) - China says Houston police beat and injured a Chinese diplomat and officials are urging an investigation to ensure diplomatic practices are not violated.
The statement on Friday from China's Foreign Ministry said police harassed and beat a deputy consul-general while he was driving to the Chinese Consulate in Houston. The statement said a family member also was involved, but did not say if that person was injured.
A Houston Police Department spokesperson did not immediately return calls Friday seeking comment.
Under international practice, the premises of foreign embassies and consulates are outside the jurisdiction of local law enforcement, and diplomats have legal immunity.
Susan Stevenson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, says the U.S. State Department was taking the matter very seriously.