Police yet to accept IPCC decision on ex-senior cop case

August 13, 2015 15:24
Police Commissioner Stephen Lo (L) says the case pertaining to retired officer Franklin Chu (R), who is alleged to have excessive force against some civilians last year, needs further review. Photos: tvb.com, YouTube

The Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO) is yet to decide if it should accept the conclusion made by the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) on a case pertaining to a now-retired senior officer who is alleged to have used excessive force on some civilians last year.

Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung said on Wednesday that the police respect IPCC’s views but still want to review the case further, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Ther police are also waiting for an opinion from the Department of Justice, Lo was quoted as saying.

CAPO submitted the case to the DOJ for review after IPCC voted last month to uphold a July 10 decision that a complaint against former Sha Tin division commander Franklin Chu King-wai is justified.

Chu, who retired on July 23 this year, has been accused of attacking some passersby in in Mong Kok with a baton during the Occupy movement period in 2015.

IPCC might not receive answer from CAPO until right before the former's next meeting in October, sources told Ming Pao.

IPCC will then decide whether to report the case to Chief executive Leung Chun-ying, sources said.

It is believed that the IPCC secretariat has prepared some documents that will reveal to the public that there are differences of opinion on the case between IPCC and CAPO.

Sources also said that IPCC might present a proposal to the Police Commissioner calling for an improvement in the force’s guidelines.

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