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Discrimination case: police had 'no interest' in hearing Indian boy's side

Mother of teen suing for discrimination says officer ignored efforts to explain incident

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2014, 1:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 April, 2014, 4:03am

The mother of a teenage science prodigy suing a policeman for racial discrimination said officers were "not interested" when she and her son tried to explain his innocence, the District Court heard yesterday.

Arjun Singh, 15 and of Indian descent, alleges that officer Hung Kai-kam ignored his complaint and arrested him after Singh and a Chinese woman reported each other for assault four years ago.

Earlier the court heard that Singh, who was 11 at the time, bumped into the woman, Chan Yuet-lai, when rushing past her on an escalator in Wan Chai MTR station on January 6, 2010. Singh said Chan grabbed him by the arm and refused to let him go.

Singh accused Hung of favouring Chan's version of the incident over his own because of Singh's race.

The teenager's mother, Anita, told the court: "Since there was a crowd, [the officers] had to act as if they were listening to us but they weren't interested."

She said Hung wanted to "show his power". Several MTR staff members guarded her son "as if he was a criminal", she said, leaving him "traumatised and terrorised".

The teenager said Hung arrested him without sufficient investigation. Defence counsel Stewart Wong Kai-ming SC said Hung had spoken to Singh, his mother and two other witnesses for some 40 minutes before making the arrest.

But Anita Singh said that Hung told her son he was going to arrest him in their first conversation, and repeatedly mentioned the word "arrest". She did not think an 11-year-old could be arrested and only understood that her son was under arrest after her husband paid his bail at the police station that night, she said.

Wong said that neither she nor her son had accused Chan of any crime at the scene. Her son had told Hung that Chan had grabbed her son's arm and would not let go, Anita Singh replied.

The teenager, now studying physics at King's College London, said he had nightmares and anxiety as a result of the incident.

Arjun Singh is suing Hung and the government for breach of the Racial Discrimination Ordinance. He wants an apology and Hung's conduct to be investigated. He is also seeking damages for unlawful arrest.

The hearing continues today.

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DinGao
Why are comments allowed? Are active civil proceedings no longer sub judice in HK?
blue
"a stupid claim. the "victim" is just out for $ here. "

Additionally the Racial Discrimination Ordinance, like it or not, exempts the HK government and police. So I don't understand the point of this lawsuit? I guess it's to put pressure on the gov't and embarrass them?
Shadow
KEEP ON I fully support you Mr Singh. we have to clean Hong Kong and Hong Kong police from these black sheep. let get one and other will either change or ready for same way to face the court. my heart is with you and prayers are with you. You have highlighted a disease which exist every where in Hong Kong but no one was finding medicine for it.
i assure you, you will win and win and win. it is NOT winning of you, it is wining for all those who were and who are suffering from this racism.
bunko8@yahoo.com
a stupid claim. the "victim" is just out for $ here. now had he suffered the kind of police beating/assault that an 84 yr old asian man did at the hands of the NYC police a few months back, then i would be more sympathetic. ****www.nydailynews.com/blogs/theshack/cops-aggressive-jaywalking-uws-blog-entry-1.1625712
Marcus T Anthony
Two wrongs don't make a right. We could go on forever swapping tales of what your evil people did to my innocent people. What happens in New York has SFA to do with anything in this case. There's a case here in HK and unless you were present at the scene you have no idea what happened. Nor do you have any idea what the motivation of the boy is. You are out of line. Let the law decide who is guilty of what misdemeanour.
 
 
 
 
 

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