Police to probe woman's eye injury

Top News | Cindy Wan and Sophie Hui 14 Aug 2019

How a woman had her eye injured during the clearance action at the Tsim Sha Tsui police station will be investigated.

Lo Kwai-wah, senior superintendent of the Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, said police have requested statements from the woman to understand what she was doing at that time.

She has yet to report to police, but the force will launch an investigation as the public has shown great concern, Lo said at a press conference yesterday.

Officers will collect security videos from shops nearby and review news footage, while the operation commanders will submit shooting records of bean bag rounds, he said.

People who witnessed or captured the incident on video can provide information by calling 2860-5023.

He said police cannot judge who is responsible at this stage because there are conflicting reports about the weapon used - a bean bag round or a catapult with steel balls fired by protesters.

"At this stage it is more important to know what happened first, instead of jumping to a conclusion and blaming anyone," he said.

Li also addressed concerns about police planting evidence after news footage showed an officer putting a bamboo stick into the backpack of an arrested protester, who had his hands tied in his the back, in Causeway Bay on Sunday night.

Li said the man was witnessed taking the bamboo stick from a flower trough and acted aggressively at the officers.

The bamboo stick fell on the ground during the arrest and the protester was struggling against the policemen, he said.

It was put back into the man's bag after he was arrested.

It was "an imperfect but acceptable approach" to enforcement and the force will review and reflect on the operation, he said.

Li disagreed with the remarks by the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office that the protests have shown "signs of terrorism," saying the police define terrorism according to local laws and the United Nations.

The chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch, John Tse Chun-chung, appealed to people to cooperate with the force after officers were obstructed from performing their duties during recent operations that were not related to the protests. Residents of Tai Woo Estate refused to let police enter a residential building to investigate a suicide case on Sunday, while pedestrians threw water bombs at a police vehicle when officers were probing a theft case in Sheung Shui, he said.

Meanwhile, a former member of the Independent Police Complaints Council, Eric Cheung Tat-ming, yesterday called on the force to carry out a criminal investigation into what he believes may be illegal acts by some officers during recent protests.

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