26 May 2019
Police officers are under severe pressure amid the ongoing Occupy protests. Photo: GIS
Police officers are under severe pressure amid the ongoing Occupy protests. Photo: GIS

Police inspector suspended over personal data leaks

A police inspector has been suspended from the service for allegedly disclosing the identities of colleagues involved in operations related to the Occupy campaign, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

The Hong Kong Police public relations branch confirmed that the police officer, surnamed Sze, is facing investigation following complaints that he uploaded the personal information of fellow police officers on the internet.

The unauthorized disclosures included the names of the seven officers who figured in an incident where a pro-democracy protester, later identified as Ken Tsang of the Civic Party, was said to have been punched and kicked repeatedly in a dark street corner near Tamar Park in Admiralty in the early hours of Oct. 15, the newspaper said.

Sze, in his 20s, had earlier been demoted from senior inspector after he allegedly sided with a school teacher who swore at police officers for their handling of a confrontation between members of Falun Gong and a youth care association in Fanling last year. A video footage of the incident went viral on the internet.

Sze’s subordinates later filed a complaint against him, saying they no longer wanted to work with him.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Franklin Chu King-wai, commander of the Sha Tin police division who allegedly assaulted two passersby during a police clearing operation in Mong Kok a few days ago, went on leave before his official retirement.

The arrangement meant that he would not face an investigation regarding the alleged assault, the report said.

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