Date
26 September 2017
Lai Tung-Kwok, Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, says the government will seek judicial advice after completing investigations into some cases of alleged police excesses on Occupy protesters. Photo: HKEJ
Lai Tung-Kwok, Hong Kong's Secretary for Security, says the government will seek judicial advice after completing investigations into some cases of alleged police excesses on Occupy protesters. Photo: HKEJ

Occupy-related complaints against police top 1,300

Hong Kong’s Complaints Against Police Office has received 1,328 cases as of Wednesday on conflicts between the police and the Occupy protesters since the demonstrations began in late September.

Thirty-four of the cases have been passed over to the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), which has already started investigations into 15 of them, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported. 

Observers, appointed by the Security Bureau chief under a long-standing scheme established in 1996, were arranged to sit in for 18 meetings, monitoring the process in which officers take testimonies from the complainants, the report said.

The cases include the alleged beating of Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a social worker and member of the Civil Party, by seven police officers at a protest site in Admiralty. 

Some lawmakers have criticized the speed of the handling of the Tsang case that was lodged three weeks ago. 

Lai Tung-kwok, Secretary for Security, said the government will seek judicial advice after the investigations are completed.

The police is currently undertaking a probe led by its criminal investigation department into the attack case, taking over from the Complaints Against Police Office.

Concerns have been raised on the fairness and justice of such investigations. IPCC member Edwin Cheng Shing-lung said the council will resume looking into Tsang’s case after the CID closes its probe.

Between 2011 and 2013, a total of 829 complaints against the police were filed, 84 percent of which could not be investigated and were withdrawn.

Most of the remaining complaints were determined to be fake or not involving wrongdoing by the police, Lai said. Three cases had credible evidence but they were not sufficient to file charges, he said.

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