Occupy Central

Police will follow the rules in handling Occupy Central campaign, says police watchdog chief

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2014, 4:19am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 May, 2014, 4:19am

The chief of the police watchdog says he believes officers will follow procedures in handling the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement, if it happens.

But Independent Police Complaints Council chairman Jat Sew-tong would not comment on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's remarks last week that the police would not issue a letter of no objection to the pro-democratic campaign, which aims to rally protesters to block Central if the government does not come up with a satisfactory plan to implement universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election.

"It's hard to make any comment before any actual [Occupy Central] arrangements are announced, but the police would of course act in accordance with the procedures," Jat said yesterday. He also confirmed he would leave his position after his term expires at the end of the month. He will continue to serve at the other public offices he holds. The government is expected to announce his successor soon.

At a symposium on the police complaints system organised by the watchdog at the University of Hong Kong yesterday, Evelyn Lam Man-sai, police chief superintendent in charge of the complaints and internal investigations branch, said complaints against the city's police officers were low compared with those in other major cities.

The force last year received 85 complaints per 1,000 officers, she said, compared with 213 in England and Wales and 135 in Ontario, Canada. "No police officer would be under any illusion that if they commit a crime, they don't need to do time," she said.