Cops swore at kneeling group, video shows

Riot police ordered protesters and residents to kneel facing a wall with their hands in the air when they were arrested in the lobby of a Tuen Mun private estate, it was alleged yesterday. They then took away at least 10 people from Siu Hin Court on Wednesday night following a protest...

Cindy Wan

Friday, November 01, 2019

Riot police ordered protesters and residents to kneel facing a wall with their hands in the air when they were arrested in the lobby of a Tuen Mun private estate, it was alleged yesterday.

They then took away at least 10 people from Siu Hin Court on Wednesday night following a protest surrounding the police Tai Hing Operational Base in Tuen Mun over a mysterious smell.

At 8.30pm, hundreds of citizens gathered outside the police base to demand an explanation for a mysterious irritating smell on Monday, which people suspected was leaking from the base.

After declaring the protest an illegal assembly, the police started to disperse the crowd and chased some protesters to the lobby of Yat Sang House in the estate.

More than 10 people, including black-clad protesters and residents, were ordered to kneel down for search and identity checks.

Some officers were captured in a video swearing at the kneeling residents.

"Rubbish! You think you are cool, huh?" an officer shouted at the people during the search.

A resident, Chan, said the people knelt for at least half an hour before a few were arrested.

"Even if they are protesters, how could the police treat people like this?" he said.

Discontented residents checked CCTV footage yesterday and found that the security guards left their positions.

Meanwhile, the female owner of Japanese restaurant Dan Yatai and her brother were taken for investigation after they refused to let officers in to check the identity documents of two customers.

Officers said the two - a man and a woman - had danced to taunt the police before entering the eatery on Lung Mun Road.

When the siblings refused, the police pulled them out and took them away for obstruction of justice. The dancing pair had their ID cards checked.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com