A group of policemen apparently beat up a protester in the wee hours of Wednesday as scuffles broke out after pro-democracy demonstrators occupied a road near the government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty district, according to a video clip aired by TVB.
In the footage, six policemen were seen taking away a protester at 3 am as they started clearing Lung Wo Road, which had been occupied by hundreds of people Tuesday night. At 3:22 am, they moved the person to a corner of Tamar Park and started beating and kicking him.
The beating took place for about four minutes. During the period, two policemen were seen walking away while the others continued kicking the detained protester, who was lying on the floor.
At 3:37 am, the protester was carted away from the scene.
During the clearing action, the police arrested a total of 37 men and 8 women. Police suggested that the protesters were trying to resort to violence.
The protester who was beaten up was identified as Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a member of Civic Party, according to an RTHK report.
Alan Leong Kah-kit, leader of Civic Party, said the police were unnecessarily using force on protesters. The police should not have subjected anyone to private punishment, he said.
Police Senior Superintendent Tsui Wai-hung said the police will look into the case.
Eric Cheung Tat-ming, member of the Independent Police Complaints Council and a law professor at the University of Hong Kong, said the video clip suggests that the police may be guilty of criminal assault and battery.
The case should be taken up by the criminal investigation department, rather than merely put up to the Complaints Against Police Office, he said.
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