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Protest demands prosecution of officer for confirmed assault during Occupy

Dozens of protesters have demanded the prosecution of a police officer whose alleged misconduct during Occupy protests last year has been confirmed by the Independent Police Complaints Council.

On Thursday, around 20 protesters led by the Civil Human Rights Front, including Osman Cheng, the man who was hit in the video (below), protested outside the Wanchai Police Headquarters. The group called for the prosecution of superintendent Chu King-wai, who was filmed hitting pedestrians in Mong Kok in November last year.

Civil Human Rights Front protest

Civil Human Rights Front protested at Wanchai Police Station with Osman Cheng (right of the officer). Photo: CHRF.

“We think that police need to prosecute Chu King-wai immediately,” Chan Shu-fai, spokesperson for Civil Human Rights Front, told HKFP. “Since the IPCC has already made a decision, the police have no further excuse for the delay.”

Chu’s case was discussed by the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) last week. According to local media, the council voted 12:6 in favour of substantiating the case of assault. The case was returned to the Complaints Against Police Officers department within the police force for further processing.

Chu King-wai

Superintendent Chu King-wai hitting pedestrians in Mong Kok during Occupy. Photo: Apple Daily.

Following the meeting however, chairman of the IPCC Kwok Lam-kwong said there were “differing opinions” between the IPCC and the complaints department. Kwok was also reported to have said that he is unsure whether the complaints department will accept the IPCC’s conclusion. He also said since the complaints process is still ongoing, results of the investigation will not be published yet.

Chu is scheduled to retire on July 23. It was reported that in Chu’s response to the investigation, he said that he had no intent of hitting anyone but his baton touched others during the incident.

In the IPCC’s work report from April 2013 – March 2014, among the 1,318 cases that required full investigations, 6.5% (86) were substantiated.  Of 1,056 allegations of assaults received in 2011 – 2014, none were substantiated by the IPCC.

In March, the IPCC announced that they had received more than 2,427 complaints related to Occupy, including 709 cases of alleged assault by police. However, only 159 cases were reportable and required investigation, as many were reported from media coverage rather than first-hand experience.

Protest demands prosecution of officer for confirmed assault during Occupy