“Notorious” Police Officer Obstruct Reporting And Search Reporter Without Reason
Five individuals were injured during an incident last night, and they were sent to Eastern Hospital for medical treatment. Two of the casualties were a couple; the husband were in critical condition, whilst the wife was in serious condition. A large number of journalists were still outside the ward waiting as of 10am this morning. A large number of police officers have also arrived at the 10th floor of the hospital building. Whilst they were at the scene, a team of uniformed officers asked for a search to be performed a reporter, and instructed the reporters nearby to stop filming, but was firmly declined by an Apple Daily journalist.
At around 10am, a large number of police officers were stationed outside the wards on the 10th floor of Eastern Hospital. However, a media worker, who was waiting quietly on the bench outside the ward, was stopped by the police, who also asked for a search to be performed. Due to the fact that multiple incidents of suspected “evidence planting” were filmed, a journalist from Apple Daily filmed the search process, with the aim to protect fellow media workers. However, other police officers started gathering around the spot of the search. One of the police officers (Unique Identification Number 54063) pointed his finger at the Apple Daily journalist and said, “Sir, turn off your camera, we are going to perform a search on you, too. We are performing a search on you!” Initially, the Apple Daily journalist were fully cooperating, and informed the police officers of his identity as a journalist. Police officer UI 54063 acted surprised and said, “You are a journalist? I didn’t know that. Okay – turn off the camera before we perform the search then.”, instead of asking him to show his press pass.
The journalist from Apple Daily refused to turn off his camera, police officer UI 54063 pointed at him again and said with a threatening tone, “If you do not let me perform the search, it can be considered obstructing government administration, this is your warning!” However, it is worth noting that the Apple Daily journalist have not declined the request to be searched whatsoever. The journalist then put down the camera whilst it was still on, continuing with the filming process, and stepped aside, gesturing to facilitate with the search. However, police officer UI 54063 pointed his finger for the third time at the journalist and said, “I don’t know why you are here.” To which the journalist responded, “I am here to report.”
Immediately after, multiple fellow journalists arrived at the spot, and started filming the search of the two journalists. Police officer UI 54063 said, “I don’t know you, how do I know that you are a journalist? Has your forehead engraved with the word ‘journalist’?” The Apple Daily journalist immediately clarified that he clearly stated his identity as a journalist right at the beginning of the interaction, and that the police officer did not ask for the press pass to be shown. The journalist was also concerned that the police officer might not have followed the expected protocol regarding a search, and was overly keen for a search to be performed immediately, hence the question, “Does that mean you need to search me because I am a journalist?”
The media workers at the scene considered the action taken place unjust, and verified that the two journalists involved were on site for a prolonged period of time, and had informed the other police officers on site that they were journalists. After that, police officer UI 54063 attempted to justify, saying that his colleagues did not, and need not to share the information with him, and that a search was purely for the purpose of avoiding suspicion, and to confirm that the journalists “did not have any offensive weapon on them”. The media workers on site expressed concern, in sight of recent events, that “the police thinks that anything can be a weapon”, one even said that they worried that “a journalist’s pen can also be a weapon”. Eventually, the two journalists were released, and remained on site to continue reporting.
According to source, Police officer UI 54063, surname Yau, were one of the undercover police officer in a 2005 case, where a “call girl” was killed. In 2005, Lee Yuen-Yee (李婉儀), a call girl, was accused of assault of police officers and threat after performing oral sex on Yau during a police operation. Lee claimed that Yau took away the condom with his semen inside. Lee left a note prior to her death, stating that she was accused by the police. The following year, the Coroner’s Court summoned Yau to attend a trial, but the court eventually determined that Lee died in suicide.
In 2016, Yau was in court again, for the trial of the unrest in Mongkok during the second day of Lunar New Year (2014). He was known to reveal that he could recognise one of the defendants involved in the case two years after the incident took place. The defence challenged this by asking why has Yau not told his senior, nor to his colleague about this for the whole two-year period, but only choose to reveal this and asked for a statement to be taken again during the trial.
In 2017, in a smoke grenade manufacture related conspiracy case in an old ATV studio in Ho Chung, Sai Kung, the prosecution claimed that Yau used violence on the defendant during an recording session, including using swear words, slapping him whilst grabbing his hair, and to force him to admit that he made the smoke grenade, the defendant eventually gave in.