Date
14 December 2017
Larry Kwok (inset) says the IPCC has yet to decide  whether to hold a second vote on whether police Superintendent Chu King-wai struck protesters with a baton, as a video appears to show. Photo: DBC, HKEJ
Larry Kwok (inset) says the IPCC has yet to decide whether to hold a second vote on whether police Superintendent Chu King-wai struck protesters with a baton, as a video appears to show. Photo: DBC, HKEJ

Police ask watchdog to review finding cop assaulted protesters

The Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO), part of the police force, has suggested Hong Kong’s police watchdog reconsider its decision that a senior officer assaulted Occupy protesters last year, Apple Daily reported.

On July 10, the members of the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) concluded on a 12-6 vote that Superintendent Chu King-wai used his baton to beat two passersby during a clearing operation in Mong Kok in November and was suspected of abusing his power.

The decision could lead to Chu, who is due to retire on July 23, being punished.

A video of the incident appears to show the victims being assaulted by Chu, who has been on leave since December after having been suspended from the force.

A spokesman for the IPCC said Sunday that CAPO replied to the notice of the council’s decision with a dissenting view.

It said neither the alleged beating nor the abuse of power had been proved and suggested the IPCC reconsider its decision.

The spokesman said the IPCC will take into consideration the points of view of the complainants and complainee. 

He said the IPCC secretariat had notified the council members and proposed a revote on the case, but whether it will take place has yet to be decided.

Council chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong also said on Sunday it has not been decided whether there will be a revote.

The report cited unnamed sources as saying the IPCC aims to complete its review of the case before Chu retires.

Council member Edwin Cheng Shing-lung said the secretariat’s suggestion on a revote is incomprehensible, as only the chairman has the right to convene a meeting of the members.

Another council member, Democratic Party legislator Helena Wong Pik-wan, is against a revote and criticized CAPO for showing disrespect to the system for reviewing complaints by asking the IPCC to reconsider its decision.


(Nov. 26, 2014)

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