A former police superintendent turned lawyer has defended a fellow officer against abuse allegations made by a taxi driver, and shed tears after winning the case yesterday. 'Bad cops should be charged and good cops should be helped. In this case, [the driver] obviously wanted to frame him,' Peter Chow Pak-chu said outside Eastern Court. About 20 officers were present to hear the ruling and embraced Sergeant Chow Yat-kit as he walked free. Earlier this week Chow Yat-kit, a sergeant with the Stanley patrol sub-unit, pleaded not guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Magistrate Douglas Yau Tak-hong cleared him of the charge, saying the driver's testimony was inconsistent. The lawyer, a 28-year veteran of the force, told Mr Yau after the ruling: 'I feel very emotional. A police officer has been treated in such a way.' The taxi driver, Chow Chung-sun, 52, had said the sergeant injured his ribs, punched the back of his neck and shoulders, and verbally abused him when officers held him in custody over a traffic offence on October 20 last year. The officer saw the driver waiting for business in a restricted zone on Stanley New Street and asked to see his identification card. The driver refused and resisted, and other officers arrived to pull the driver out and handcuff him, the court earlier heard. The driver said that at the station, the sergeant took off his glasses and hit him in the face and in the left ribs. When the driver leaned forward and said 'Jesus Christ' repeatedly in pain, the officer said he was 'God' and hit him about three times. When officers transferred the driver to Aberdeen police station, he complained and asked to go to hospital. A doctor found that the driver had a fracture in his rib. The driver received treatment before being discharged. However, Sergeant Chow said he never stepped into the room where the driver alleged he beat him.