Seven plainclothes officers assault a homeless man by kicking him in the groin and yanking his hair, police respond by denying and force pastor to withdraw accusations

While conducting a search on several street sleepers in Tung Chau Street Park, Sham Shui Po, seven plainclothes officers were accused of arbitrarily beating up his possessions, consisting of chairs and cans with a hammer, with a female officer allegedly kicking the victim in his groin and yanking his hair during the process. The victim confirmed the acts at a press conference, as well as accusing the officers. A police spokesman responded by saying that an officer had been immediately suspended and is currently undergoing criminal investigation, but did not explain why other officers were not suspended, nor did he explain why it was not investigated as a  wounding case.

One of the victims, A-shan revealed more details during the press conference. He recalled that it was at around 7:00 pm on 24th February that some plainclothes officers in black started searching his possessions in the gazebo where he slept.  When they didn’t find anything of suspicion, the officers resorted to violence. An officers beat up his bottles containing soy sauce and salt and his chairs with a mallet. Another male street sleeper was also assaulted by a female officer, who had his hair grabbed and yanked and had his groin kicked in by her left foot.

The police responded to Apple Daily’s inquiry about the incident by stating that citizens could report to the Complaints and Internal Investigations Branch should they have any complaints, but did not explain why the officers publicly assaulted the homeless man, or why did they beat up his possessions. On 5th march, the police repeated that this incident was to their utmost concern, that the case was handed over to the Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit for criminal investigation, and that a related officer was under immediate suspension.

Pastor Lam Kwok-Cheung, who aided the homeless men in their cases, hosted a press conference on 3rd March concerning the incident. He then received a call from the Police Community Relations Office (PCRO) of the Police Public Relations Branch (PPRB). The caller said that his press conference hurt the police’s image greatly and declared that there are no such related activities within the police force, and questioned why Lam accused the police for the incident. The caller also demanded that Lam withdraw his accusations, to clarify and to correct his end. However, the police issued a press release concerning the incident that very night, saying that a related officer had already been suspended from duty.

Cap.212 Offences against the Person Ordinance No. 40:

Common assault
Any person who is convicted of a common assault shall be guilty of an offence triable either summarily or upon indictment, and shall be liable to imprisonment for 1 year.

Cap. 200 Crimes Ordinance No. 60:

Destroying or damaging property
(1)A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another intending to destroy or damage any such property or being reckless as to whether any such property would be destroyed or damaged shall be guilty of an offence.
(2)A person who without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property, whether belonging to himself or another—
(a)intending to destroy or damage any property or being reckless as to whether any property would be destroyed or damaged; and
(b)intending by the destruction or damage to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered,
shall be guilty of an offence.

Cap. 200 No. 122

Indecent assault
(1)Subject to subsection (3), a person who indecently assaults another person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for 10 years.
(2)A person under the age of 16 cannot in law give any consent which would prevent an act being an assault for the purposes of this section.
(3)A person is not, by virtue of subsection (2), guilty of indecently assaulting another person, if that person is, or believes on reasonable grounds that he or she is, married to that other person. (Replaced 90 of 1991 s. 7)
(4)A woman who is a mentally incapacitated person cannot in law give any consent which would prevent an act being an assault for the purposes of this section, but a person is only to be treated as guilty of indecently assaulting a mentally incapacitated person by reason of that incapacity to consent, if that person knew or had reason to suspect her to be a mentally incapacitated person. (Amended 81 of 1997 s. 59)

Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations

(2)The offences against discipline are—
(j)making a statement which is false in a material particular in the course of his duty or in connexion with the discharge by the police force of any of its duties or functions;

 

 

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