Date
17 January 2017
A video clip purports to show  Chu King-wai (left photo) beating people with a baton. He is the subject of a disciplinary review ahead of his July 23 retirement form the force. Photos: HKEJ, DBC, internet
A video clip purports to show Chu King-wai (left photo) beating people with a baton. He is the subject of a disciplinary review ahead of his July 23 retirement form the force. Photos: HKEJ, DBC, internet

Retiring police official in alleged assault faces review

A retiring police superintendent is the subject of a disciplinary review over alleged beatings during last year’s democracy protests.

Hong Kong’s Independent Police Complaints Council is looking into a police investigation report on police superintendent Chu King-wai before he retires on July 23, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Chu, former commander of the Sha Tin police division, allegedly beat two passers-by during a clearing operation in Mong Kok in November.

A video of the incident purports to show him assaulting the victims.

Chu has been on leave since December after having been suspended from the force.

Cheng Chung-hang, one of the alleged victims, filed a complaint against Chu on Nov. 29.

Chu might face a written warning or a disciplinary sanction for abuse of power but is unlikely to have his pension curtailed, a source familiar with the matter was quoted as saying.

Also, any disciplinary action will not apply when he is retired, the source said.

Cheng urged the council to make the right decision and warned it against setting a precedent wherein retiring public servants can do anything with impunity.

A police spokesman declined to comment on the review beyond saying it will be handled fairly.

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