Tuen Mun district councilor Cary Lo released on bailLocal | 26 Nov 2020 6:19 pm
Tuen Mun district councilor Cary Lo Chun-yu has been released on bail after he was arrested for wasting police resources, as he apologized for making inaccurate claims about the police.
Lo’s arrest on Wednesday (Nov 25) was caused by his Facebook post last Saturday (Nov 21), in which Lo claimed that cops had threatened him with swear words when he was helping protesters on Yuen Long’s Fung Yau Street North.
He said in the post that he was then brought to Yuen Long police station, where he was refused the opportunity to contact a lawyer before he was finally released unconditionally.
But the force countered his allegations in a statement issued late Tuesday (Nov 24), saying Lo was neither apprehended nor threatened last Saturday, let alone being taken to a police station.
On the next day, Lo apologized on Facebook as he admitted that “some content of the post is inconsistent with reality”, which he said was due to misunderstanding between him and his assistant who helped write the post.
Lo also said he deleted the post on Monday (Nov 23) after realizing its impact.
Later on Wednesday, police officers arrested Lo at his apartment at around 7pm for wasting police resources, chief inspector Michael Law Lai-him said at a press briefing.
“Accusations that the arrestee made were very serious, so police attached high importance to it and spent a certain degree of resources on investigation,” Law said, while urging citizens to caution against “fake information spread online”.
Lo was released on bail in the early hours today, after which he apologized again, saying: “Sorry for the incident and for making you guys worried all night. Thanks for your concerns and support.”
Lo is required to report to the police in early December.
Over the past year, at least 54 district councilors have been arrested or charged, a majority of whom caught in street protests. They included six chairmen or deputy chairmen of district councils.