Two cops accused of torturing man bound to hospital bed

Local | 20 Aug 2019 1:23 pm

Shocking security camera footage which appears to show two Hong Kong policemen beating a restrained man at a hospital was made public today, RTHK reports.

A lawmaker accused police of torturing and humiliating the victim.

Democratic Party legislator Lam Cheuk-ting said he obtained the CCTV footage from Northern Hospital, after receiving an appeal for help from a 62-year-old man who claims to be the victim of the beating in late June.
The man complained that he suffered a torn ligament in the ring finger of his right hand, multiple bruises, and had been left bleeding from the mouth.
In a video shown to the media, a man is shown to be restrained on a bed – with two uniformed police at his side. One of them punched him several times in the genitals, both used their batons to poke and prod at the man, and a policeman covered his face with a piece of clothing several times.
Lam said the man had been drunk, and was arrested for allegedly assaulting police. At a press conference, the man’s son said his father had shouted ‘black cops!’ – accusing them of being triad gangsters – before the assault.
Lam said that’s no justification for their apparent response.
“He was so drunk… the victim may have strongly criticized police officers [but] there is no reason for those officers to abuse their power to torture the victim, to humiliate him so seriously,” Lam said.
“As a police officer, he or she should act professionally,'' he added.
Lam described the case as being one of the darkest pages in the history of Hong Kong police. 
He pointed out that torture carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, and he called on the police commissioner to take up the case seriously.
Lam said the victim’s son had filed a complaint with the police immediately after the incident in June, and they will follow up by requesting a criminal investigation.
Police have not responded to the allegations, but a spokesperson for the Hospital Authority did not dispute the authenticity of the footage.-Photo: RTHK/Sing Tao


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