Three identify source of woes

Local | Stella Wong 17 Sep 2019

Three men claiming to be victims of police brutality yesterday filed a writ for a judicial review to require officers to display identification numbers on their uniforms.

Without any identification number, the three said in their writ, they are unable to lodge cases with the Complaints Against Police Office reporting center and institute a civil claim.

They demanded the court rule that the "systematic and continuous failure" of anti-riot and special tactical squad officers to display such numbers or any other distinctive insignia on their uniform is inconsistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

Chan Kung-shun, 51, Lo Cham-sze, 24, and Ng Hong-luen, 51, filed the writ against commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung.

The writ said Chan was hit on his head by a helmeted anti-riot police officer with a baton, causing a head injury and bleeding.

Lo, an assistant of lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, took part in a public procession in Sha Tin. Later a group of helmeted riot officers rushed toward a group of protesters.

Lo was pepper-sprayed by at least three officers on Tai Po Road, which caused him intense pain.

Ng was battered by a group of masked STS police officers in black uniforms at the junction of Harcourt Road and Tim Wa Avenue on June 12.

The three men considered the use of force against them unlawful.

But since the officers were all helmeted or masked, and did not display their numbers, the applicants were unable to determine their identities.

The application came as the High Court yesterday heard an application by Education University student union head Leung Yiu-ting for MTR Corp to release security footage at Prince Edward and Lai Chi Kok stations taken between August 31 and September 1.

Judge Anderson Chow Ka-ming said he will hand down a written judgment later.

A lawyer said Leung, who was allegedly beaten and falsely imprisoned by police, is relying on the security footage to lodge claims.

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