Police watchdog upholds assault complaint against top cop

July 23, 2015 12:36
IPCC chief Larry Kwok (left) says the assault complaint against police superintendent Chu King-wai (inset) is justified. The alleged assault took place during last year's street protests in Mong Kok. Photos: HKEJ, DBC

Hong Kong’s police watchdog has overwhelmingly voted to let stand a high-profile assault complaint against retiring police superintendent Chu King-wai. 

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) voted 17-3 Wednesday to uphold its July 10 decision that the complaint is justified, chairman Larry Kwok is quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily.

The meeting was prompted by a request from the Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO) for a review of the Nov. 29 complaint by Osman Cheng in relation to an alleged assault during last year's democracy protests.

Cheng claimed Chu, the former commander of the Sha Tin police division, attacked him and two others with a baton.

Chu has been on leave since December after being suspended from the force. He retires today.

IPCC vice chairman Chan Kin-por said the decision will be sent to CAPO which can then consider what action to take.

Or CAPO could leave it up to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to decide whether Chu should be prosecuted.

Cheng said he might press charges if Leung shuts down the complaint.

He and his Civil Human Rights Front supporters are planning a rally outside police headquarters to preempt such a decision.  


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