Hong Kong Politics & Protest

Independent police watchdog urges investigation into Umbrella Movement baton assault case

The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) has urged the police to follow up on an investigation into a case whereby a police officer allegedly assaulted a citizen with a baton during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests, Ming Pao reports.

This incident was separate to the widely publicised case involving police superintendent Chu King-wai. On the same evening Chu was reported to have assaulted a pedestrian in Mong Kok, the police received another complaint accusing another officer of assaulting a citizen with their baton, HK01 reported.

Independent Police Complaints Council

The Independent Police Complaints Council. File Photo: Apple Daily.

The complainant and Complaints Against Police Office (CAPO) were initially unable to identify the officer and listed the case as “untraceable.” However, the IPCC and police received an anonymous tip including the officer’s police ID number, a full name, and a link to a Ming Pao video that appeared to show the plain-clothed officer assaulting at least two passersby, HK01 reported.

The IPCC reportedly requested the CAPO to reopen the investigation, who – after questioning over 300 police officers – confirmed that an officer surnamed Wong was present on the night of the assault.

A police spokesperson told HKFP that they would not comment on the case as “complaints filed during the illegal occupy movement are still under investigation by CAPO.”

Superintendent Chu King-wai baton

Superintendent Chu King-wai has been filmed using baton against pedestrians in Mong Kok during Occupy. File Photo: Apple Daily.

Regarding the first case involving superintendent Chu, the police have completed criminal investigations and are seeking advice from the Department of Justice.

The police arrested 955 people during the Umbrella Movement protests in 2014. By the end of August 2016, 216 suspects had begun judicial proceedings, of which 123 have been convicted.

Independent police watchdog urges investigation into Umbrella Movement baton assault case