Cops disown Sheung Shui mob batonsLocal | 14 Nov 2019 7:13 pm
Police said today that extendable batons used by a group caught on video attacking a man dressed in black, were a different type from what police officers are issued with, RTHK reports.
The footage of a mob of baton-wielding people in Sheung Shui had led to some internet users alleging that the attackers were undercover police. From last month, the department had allowed officers who were not on duty to carry extendable batons and pepper spray home with them for protection.
The video of today's Sheung Shui incident circulated on social media showed some of the attackers using extendable batons. Police said they received a report of the incident at 11:51am.
But senior superintendent Kong Wing-cheung from the police public relations branch said they were not plainclothes police, and the weapons they had were not the same model as the ones that police use.
He also blamed a group of people wearing black for hampering the police investigation into the incident.