Crowdfunding campaign launched to sue police

Local | Cindy Wan 20 Sep 2019

Ten people who were allegedly injured during police enforcement have launched a HK$10 million crowdfunding campaign to sue the police force through civil litigation.

They hope the "Sue the Abuser Crowdfunding Campaign" will pay for their legal costs.

In a press conference yesterday, six out of the 10 - including Chai Wan district councillor Andy Chui Chi-kin, who was arrested but released without charge when he was helping people leave the MTR Chai Wan station on September 1 - recounted their experiences with police.

Kitchen designer Lam Wai-kwun said his left arm was broken by suspected decoy officers on Hennessy Road near Hysan Place on August 11.

He said his left collar bone fractured into four pieces and was detached from the arm, but he was not sent to hospital for more than five hours.

He joined a lawful assembly in Victoria Park, went for dinner, then stood on the staircase of Hysan Place to wait for the protesters to disperse so he could catch a bus home.

He heard somebody shouting for help and rushed out to see black-clad men wrestling with white-clad protesters, he said.

Lam was then pushed to the ground by a suspected officer who broke his arm and hurt his lips, knees and legs. "If a person who is just waiting for the bus can be assaulted, no one will dare walk on the street anymore," he said.

Lam was sent to San Uk Ling Holding Centre and then the hospital in great pain five hours after he was arrested.

The incidents involving the 10 were all captured in news footage or videos taken by citizens.

The others are Ng Hong-luen, who was allegedly beaten by at least 10 Special Tactical Squad officers in Admiralty on June 12, Ng Ying-Mo, who was suspected to have been shot in the stomach by a rubber bullet in Admiralty on June 12, and Lo Cham-sze, who was allegedly beaten by riot police on a Sha Tin highway on July 14.

Another one is Samson Chan Kung-shun, who was allegedly hit on the head by a riot officer with a baton in a Tseung Kwan O park when he was taking a walk with his son August 4.

Campaign convener Chan said the 10 injured were linked up by Civil Human Rights Front's volunteer lawyers.

The money raised will be used on the 10 people's lawsuits, as well as their judicial review to require on-duty police officers to display their identification number, he said.

The group prefers suing individual officers who have used excessive force if they can be identified, instead of Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, hoping the cases will have a deterrent effect on other officers.

The League of Social Democrats does not have a role in the campaign, but has lent its bank account for donations.

All expenditures will be disclosed unless there are privacy issues, Chan said.

People can make donations on the League of Social Democrats' website or directly to the bank account, which will be announced next week.

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