Police gun falls to ground during rally

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 March, 2011, 12:00am

A police officer's gun fell to the ground during an operation to remove anti-budget protesters who were blocking a road in Central on Sunday night.

A photograph in Sing Tao Daily showed a .38 revolver fell out as a group of officers from the police tactical unit struggled with protesters on Des Voeux Road Central several minutes before police used pepper spray to control the crowd.

A police spokesman said the force was following up the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the officer dropped the gun because he was pushed vigorously by protesters. A safety device built into the gun prevented it from firing in the event it was dropped, she said. The force would review the holster design.