Date
12 December 2017
Chin-pong plans to file a formal complaint against the police officers who beat him up for no obvious reasons. Photos: YouTube, Apple Daily
Chin-pong plans to file a formal complaint against the police officers who beat him up for no obvious reasons. Photos: YouTube, Apple Daily

Local musician says police beat him up in Mong Kok checkpoint

Chin-pong, bass guitarist of local music band Prune Deer, said he was beaten up by several police officers during an identification card check in Mong Kok on Friday for no obvious reason, Apple Daily reported.

The musician was heading home in the evening when several armed officers stopped him at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Nathan Road, according to the newspaper. 

“The protesters were gathering on Portland Street, and the place was quiet. But some officers were telling passersby to move quickly,” Chin-pong said.

Then several police officers stopped him and asked him to show his Hong Kong ID. When he agreed to cooperate, the officers suddenly handcuffed him to his back and took him to a police car.

“The officers then started beating and kicking me inside the police car as they kept my head down,” he said. “They hit me in the ears and twisted my thumbs.”

Later the officers took him to the Yau Ma Tei police station to fill up some documents and then to the North Point police station, where several officers surrounded him and pushed his head against a chair. The officers also threatened to beat him with batons, Chin-pong said.

The musician was detained for 36 hours and charged with obstructing public officers.

When he was released, he went to a hospital to have his bruises examined. He plans to file an official complaint, the report said.

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