Date
19 October 2017
Ken Tsang (second from left) and Cheng Chung-hang (center) say the police and the justice department  are not applying the same standard in prosecuting protesters and policemen accused of brutality during last year's protests. Photo: Civic Party
Ken Tsang (second from left) and Cheng Chung-hang (center) say the police and the justice department are not applying the same standard in prosecuting protesters and policemen accused of brutality during last year's protests. Photo: Civic Party

Activist: Police, DOJ dragging feet on abuse complaints

A Hong Kong activist is accusing police and justice officials of double standard over their handling of complaints about police brutality during last year’s democracy protests.

Ken Tsang said the Hong Kong police and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not applying the same standard in prosecuting protesters and police officers accused of abusing their power, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Tsang said he was beaten by seven officers on Oct. 15 during a chaotic police operation.

The incident, which was caught on camera, prompted an internal police investigation but Tsang said the police department has yet to disclose the officers’ identities.

Tsang said he will file a court motion to force the police department to name them. Also, he is considering a criminal lawsuit. 

A DOJ spokesperson denied the department is dragging its feet, saying it has been coordinating with the police on whether the case warrants further investigation and if any prosecution should be made.

Police officials said seven officers were arrested on Oct. 26 last year on suspicion of causing bodily harm. They have been suspended.

The Complaints Against Police Office is seeking legal advice on the case but police officials have refused to make further comments.

Another protester said he is still waiting to hear from the police regarding his assault complaint against police superintendent Chu King-wai who has since retired.

Cheng Chung-hang said he filed the complaint on Nov. 29 but was told the case has yet to be classified and that the police will investigate.

Cheng said the police handling of his case is highly questionable and accused officials of bias.

Dozens of activists and their high-profile supporters have been arrested since the end of the 79-day street protests in December.

A number of court cases have been decided including that of a 17-year-old student accused of assaulting a policeman.  

Meanwhile, Civil Human Rights Front is demanding a report from Larry Kwok, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council.

Chan Shu-fai, convenor of the group’s police powers monitoring panel, said Kwok has not released the minutes of council meetings.

The group will press Kwok for a report on Friday, Chan said.

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