The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) said it has received 24 reportable complaints against the police in relation to the Mong Kok clashes on the night of Feb. 8, Headline Daily reported Thursday.
The IPCC has been monitoring the investigation of 16 of the cases, and it is awaiting information from the force’s Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO) on the remaining eight cases, including one in which police officers allegedly attacked a Ming Pao Daily reporter.
The council said it will follow up all reportable complaints from the Mong Kok clashes and that the CAPO would provide monthly updates on the investigations.
IPCC chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong said no complaints had been filed against the traffic police officer who fired two warning shots into the air during the clashes, and so the IPCC has no statutory right to initiate an investigation.
Kwok stressed that a complaint must be filed and referred to the IPCC via the CAPO.
The IPCC was asked how it will carry out its monitoring functions and whether it will use its power under Section 8(1)(c) of the IPCC Ordinance to make recommendations to the chief executive of Hong Kong if it observes any fault or deficiency in any practice or procedure of the police force, IPCC deputy secretary general (operations) Daniel Mui Tat-ming said it would depend on the decisions made by a police internal review committee.
The IPCC said that of the 172 reportable complaints related to the Occupy Central campaign, four cases, including the alleged beating of Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu by seven police officers, are already in the judicial process.
The council said it has approved the results of investigations by police in 143 of the remaining 168 cases and will complete its review of a further 18 cases by early next month.
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