Date
25 May 2017
The IPCC has been receiving complaints against its own members, including Lawrence Ma (inset), about alleged bias regarding the Occupy protests. Photo: Reuters, HKEJ
The IPCC has been receiving complaints against its own members, including Lawrence Ma (inset), about alleged bias regarding the Occupy protests. Photo: Reuters, HKEJ

IPCC dismisses 30,000 complaints against members over Occupy

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) said it had dismissed 30,748 letters of complaints against 10 of its existing and former members, am730 reported Thursday.

The complaints were about Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok (28,103 complaint letters), Ann So Lai-chun (28,103), vice chairman Chan Kin-por (16,787), chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong (16,785), Kenneth Leung Kai-cheong (2,583) and Helena Wong Pik-wan (1,027).

More than 20,000 of the complaint letters were similar in content and sent out from a social media account of an internet radio station, the IPCC said Wednesday in the report of an internal investigation. 

The complaints said the council members in question had preset and biased positions, as shown in their comments and actions during the Occupy protests last year.

Kwok was accused of failing to be impartial and of being biased when he branded such complaints as “expressions of opinion”.

The IPCC investigation team found that the allegations could not be verified.

The council reminded its members to observe the rules and regulations under the IPCC Ordinance and to assess whether they should exclude themselves on the grounds of a conflict of interest from any handling of complaints received by the IPCC related to the Occupy movement.

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