A man charged with assaulting police during the Occupy protests walked free from court Thursday after a video clip led the magistrate to dismiss the testimony of a police officer, Apple Daily reported Friday.
Cheung Cheuk-ka, 24, was charged with assaulting a constable surnamed Liu during a protest in Mong Kok on Dec. 1.
A constable surnamed Wong testified in Kwun Tong Magistrates’ Court that he and Liu issued three oral warnings to Cheung for walking across the road at an intentionally slow pace and crying out, “I want genuine universal suffrage.”
They tried to stop Cheung by putting their hands on his shoulders, only to be pushed away by him, Wong said.
The witness said Cheung punched Liu in the chest before grappling with the two police officers on the ground.
However, a video clip shot at the scene and presented to the magistrate by the defendant showed Cheung was in fact surrounded by several police constables.
It showed an officer grabbing his left hand and another attacking his neck.
The footage shows none of the grappling or scuffling claimed by Wong.
Cheung said Wong lied so as to have him prosecuted.
The magistrate ruled that the video footage contradicted Wong’s testimony, about which he had reservations, and decided to dismiss the case.
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