Public confidence in police complaints watchdog worst ever

June 30, 2015 14:35
A record one-quarter of Hong Kong people have no confidence in the police complaints watchdog, according to a survey. HKEJ

One in four people has lost confidence in Hong Kong's police complaints watchdog, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong (HKU).

The survey by the HKU Public Opinion Program interviewed 1,014 respondents in March.

It found that 19 percent of the respondents think the Independent Police Complaints Council has failed to be fair and objective in its investigations into complaints against police officers, up five percentage points from last year.

Apple Daily is reporting that the figure is the worst since the council was founded in 2009.

About 44 percent said the council monitors police in a fair and transparent manner, down three percentage points from last year.

But more than a quarter said it scores low on transparency.

Those who have lost confidence in the council are a record 24 percent this year, up from 20 percent in 2014.

Council chairman Larry Kwok said last year's democracy protests influenced public perceptions of the police and the watchdog.

Also, some people misunderstand the work of the council, he said.

Kwok refused to say if his affiliation with the pro-establishment camp affected public confidence in the council.

Icarus Wong of Hong Kong Civil Rights Observer said the council shied away from its police monitoring role during the protests.

He said the watchdog has yet to find any officer culpable for numerous complaints about police brutality on protesters.

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