The Hong Kong Police Force should disclose its guidelines on the use of force for public scrutiny, a human rights group says amid what it claims is a growing trend of power abuse. In its annual report unveiled on Wednesday, the Police Powers Monitoring Group under the Civil Human Rights Front also accused the Independent Police Complaints Council of a complete failure to fulfil its role since pro-establishment solicitor Larry Kwok Lam-kwong took the helm in 2014. Odd timing? Watchdog boss for Hong Kong police questions awards for Mong Kok riot cops as some face complaints The remarks come as tensions rise between protesters and the force, as highlighted in the Mong Kok riot in February in which police were pelted with broken bottles and bricks ripped up from pavements and one officer fired shots into the air. “Police guidelines on the use of force should be monitored by the public,” the front’s convenor, Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, said. “But currently even lawmakers have no idea [under what circumstances] when police can resort to force. It is unacceptable.” Civic Party member Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, who was allegedly beaten by seven officers during the Occupy protests in 2014, said: “If people do not know about the guidelines, how would they know [the police] are not abusing their power?” The front also accused the police force of disrespecting Hongkongers’ rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Basic Law during its contentious handling of protests last year. These included the massive security operation to protect state leader Zhang Dejiang on a visit to the city in May, which had effectively kept protesters well away from the Beijing official. The front also called for a democratic composition of the police watchdog, which it said was an essential step to prevent the force from becoming a government tool to suppress dissidents. Members of the watchdog are appointed by the chief executive. Lawmaker Christopher Cheung Wah-fung, vice-chairman of the watchdog, said the front’s criticism was too self-centred and he defended Kwok’s leadership. “We have had thorough discussion of the cases handled by [the force’s] Complaints Against Police Office and sometimes we disagree with its stance,” Cheung said. Fair handling of Occupy Central beating case will restore trust between Hong Kong’s police and public He pointed to the watchdog’s decision to uphold the decision to substantiate a complaint made by Osman Cheng Chung-hang against now-retired superintendent Franklin Chu King-wai for assaulting him with a baton during the Occupy protests – despite police objecting to the ruling. But the lawmaker of the Beijing-friendly Business and Professionals Alliance said the disclosure of guidelines on the use of force could be further deliberated.