Policeman in China sparks outrage after pepper-spraying 80-year-old man

A policeman in southern China has sparked outrage after pepper-spraying an 80-year-old man.

Footage of the incident, captured on May 13, shows the officer pepper-spraying the eyes of the man, who was left in great distress.

People who witnessed the incident expressed their dissatisfaction and questioned the policeman's actions, who in turn responded angrily, "Didn't you notice that he tried fighting with me?”

According to a witness, two female students riding electric vehicles were stopped by the road traffic police officer, who believed they were breaking traffic regulations.

The policeman asked the students to get off their vehicles, threatening that if they didn't, he would use his pepper spray.

It was at this point that the old man intervened.

The officer has since faced heavy criticism on social media, and has reportedly been suspended from duty.

See what happens in the video above.