Hospital assault victim's son contradicts police claims of no CCTV footageLocal | 21 Aug 2019 2:01 pm
The son of a 62-year-old man who has accused police of assaulting him while he was in a ward under police custody in North District Hospital, said today that the police were specifically asked to check the security camera footage of the June 26 incident when the family lodged a complaint days later, RTHK reports.
This contradicts the police version of events. At a briefing yesterday the police said they did not know the hospital had CCTV cameras.
Police Public Relations Branch, chief superintendent John Tse Chun-chung, also told the media yesterday that the criminal inquiry began after the CCTV footage was revealed by Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting
The footage, which was played to media by the family yesterday, appeared to show two policemen, and later a third, repeatedly beating and slapping a man strapped to a hospital bed.
The alleged abuse victim's son, surnamed Chung, said he had specifically told police to get the CCTV footage from the hospital when he filed the complaint at the end of June. But he claimed police did not put the request down in writing.
He said it gave him a feeling that police did not want to deal with the complaint.
Chung spoke today to the media outside the Police Headquarters in Wan Chai where he, along with his 62-year-old father, went to make a statement to the police. The father didn't speak to reporters.
Three policemen have been arrested.
Lam, who is assisting the victim, said he thinks police did not handle the case properly.-RTHK/The Standard