Three police officers are facing a criminal investigation and possible disciplinary action after they got into a physical fight with three young women on a Mong Kok street in the early hours of Wednesday.
Sing Tao Daily reports that the policemen were arrested along with the women for fighting in a public place.
According to the report, the policemen — three investigators and a sergeant, all from the Narcotics Bureau – got into a brawl with the women at about 4 am.
The incident happened as the policemen, who were off duty at that time, were heading back to their homes after a drinks gathering at a night club on Argyle Street.
As they were walking along Mong Kok Road and passed by three women, one of the women felt someone groping her buttocks.
Suspecting that the indecent act was committed by one of the police officers, who were not in uniform, she began shouting at the men.
The officers denied the molestation accusation, but the women apparently didn’t believe them.
Angry words were exchanged and the matter soon escalated into a physical fight between the men and women.
One of the investigators tried to separate the parties but failed.
The police arrived at the scene after being informed by a passer-by of the street brawl. All the six were taken into custody.
The three officers, whose ages ranged from 31 to 40, and the three women, who were all 22 years old, were later granted bail and sent to a hospital for medical examination of their injuries.
The crime unit of Mong Kok Police District is looking into the case.
While investigations are underway, officers handling the case suspect the whole thing might have resulted from a misunderstanding since there was no clear evidence of intentional indecent assault.
A police spokesman said the department doesn’t tolerate any incident where its staff violate the law or damage the force’s reputation, Apple Daily reports.
Stressing that the case will be dealt with in a fair manner without prejudice, the spokesman said a disciplinary review will be conducted against the three officers.
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