Legal scholar suspects cops committed criminal acts
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
A former member of the Independent Police Complaints Council, Eric Cheung, has called on the police to carry out criminal investigations into what he believes may be illegal acts by some policemen during recent anti-extradition protests.
Speaking to RTHK’s Janice Wong after attending a radio program, Cheung, who is also a legal scholar from the University of Hong Kong, said he noticed several incidents over the past few weeks in which police may have committed criminal offenses.
“The IPCC can only handle complaints investigation, but insofar as there's any serious misbehavior which amounts to criminal offenses, it is outside the purview of the IPCC," Cheung said.
"For example, the incident that involved the suspected planting of evidence against the accused that would amount to criminal offense of perverting the course of justice, that would justify criminal investigation. And for other situations like after subduing the suspect, we have seen police officers still use unnecessary force to hit and harm the arrested person. Again, that would involve criminal investigation,” Cheung said.
Despite repeated calls for an independent probe to look into the extradition bill saga and alleged police brutality, Chief Executive Carrie Lam once again rejected the demand today, saying the current complaints mechanism involving the IPCC is good enough.
Lam's comment comes a day after the vice-chairman of the IPCC, Tony Tse, admitted that staff are stretched at the council, adding that it will be very difficult for it to submit an investigation report within six months.