Date
21 September 2017
Police superintendent Chu King-wai has been accused of assault during the Mong Kok clearing operation in November. Right photo shows a policeman swinging a baton at an unseen target. Photos: DBC, internet
Police superintendent Chu King-wai has been accused of assault during the Mong Kok clearing operation in November. Right photo shows a policeman swinging a baton at an unseen target. Photos: DBC, internet

Assault complainant cries police harassment

A man who filed a complaint against a police commander for assault said he has been repeatedly contacted by the police who want to know if he would drop it.

Also, Osman Cheng said he has yet to be asked to file a police statement, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

Cheng is alleging he was assaulted by police superintendent Chu King-wai, divisional commander of Sha Tin district, during the clearing of the Mong Kok protest site in November.

He is demanding a criminal investigation but said the police are treating his case as a routine complaint that will be handled by the Complaints Against Police Officers (CAPO) unit.

Cheng said he will not withdraw the complaint and asked the police to deal with his lawyer.

Still, Cheng continues to receive unwelcome calls from them, he said.

A retired police inspector said it’s unusual for the police not to take a statement at the time a complaint is filed.

“They could be using CAPO to delay the process,” he said.

A police spokesperson said complaints against police officers on duty are handled by CAPO and follow stringent procedures.

Meanwhile, an auxiliary policeman identified only “Old Cop” wrote in a blog post that officers should “think again” to see if an order is lawful at the time it’s given, not afterwards.

They should protect themselves but not use excessive force, adding an unnecessary swing of the baton could have serious consequences.

He defended the police, saying they’re not mean-spirited or evil but their tactics are from “a bygone era”.

“As law enforcers, we have to bear in mind that we are bound by law. We can only be protected by the law if we carry out our duties in a lawful manner,” he said. 

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