Date
19 January 2017
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Council has found nine officers culpable in the illegal arrest and detention of an autistic man in 2015. It has recommended unspecified punishment. Photo: HKEJ
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Council has found nine officers culpable in the illegal arrest and detention of an autistic man in 2015. It has recommended unspecified punishment. Photo: HKEJ

Senior officials, 7 officers face action in autistic man’s case

Two senior officials are among nine officers facing disciplinary action over the arrest and alleged inhumane detention of an autistic man last year.

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) announced the recommendation after an investigation into the incident which it called a “serious” blow to public confidence, Apple Daily reports.

The Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO), the internal unit that deals with misconduct, said it will accept the recommendations.

The officers include a superintendent, a chief inspector, a station sergeant and a sergeant, who face additional disciplinary review, according to the IPCC report.

IPCC deputy secretary general Daniel Mui said the number of complaints regarding the case is the most he has seen.

The case stemmed from the arrest of a 30-year-old austistic man, surnamed Au, on May 2, 2015 and his subsequent detention for 48 hours in connection with the killing of an elderly man.

It was later determined that Au, who was charged with manslaughter, was not at the scene of the crime which took place a month earlier in Mei Lam Estate in Sha Tin.

Au’s brother petitioned CAPO, accusing the nine officers of 11 counts of misconduct, including forcible confession and preventing the suspect from taking medication.

IPCC found 20 instances of potential police misconduct, of which 10 have subsequently proved to be true.

It said the police superintendent bears the ultimate responsibility as the highest ranking officer in the case, Ming Pao Daily reports, citing an unnamed source.

The Hong Kong police said they will comply with the recommendations according to established procedures.

Police face flak after arresting autistic man in murder probe (May 11, 2015)

Police face more questions over wrongful arrest of autistic man (May 14, 2015) 

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