Date
22 September 2017
Police officers use batons as they clear a pro-democracy protest area in the shopping district of Mong Kok. Photo: Reuters
Police officers use batons as they clear a pro-democracy protest area in the shopping district of Mong Kok. Photo: Reuters

Police watchdog makes personal visits to protest sites

Larry Kwok Lam-kwong, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), said he and other members of the council personal visits to the Occupy protest areas, am730 reported Friday. 

He said they had no intention visiting the sites officially as people might question their neutrality and fairness, the newspaper said. 

Kwok declined to comment on accusations that police used excessive force in the Mong Kok street clearance operations which began on Tuesday.

Police have been accused of using excessive violence on the protesters during the street clearance over the past few days.

The Complaints Against Police Office has so far received 13 complaints against police officers involved in the clearance activities in the past two days in Mong Kok, of which only five could be acted on. The office will submit investigation reports on the five cases to the IPCC together with their recommendations.

The complaints included police brutality, use of foul language and abuse of authority.

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