‘No ev­i­dence’ cops shot pro­tester in eye: po­lice

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Chen Qingqing in Hong Kong Page Ed­i­tor: [email protected]­al­times.com.cn

Hong Kong po­lice said on Mon­day that there was no ev­i­dence po­lice shot a fe­male pro­tester in the eye and vowed to fur­ther in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

As black-clad protesters gath­ered in eye patches at the Hong Kong air­port Mon­day af­ter­noon to ex­press their fury at po­lice for al­legedly shoot­ing a fe­male pro­tester in the eye the day be­fore, an anony­mous source told the Global Times reporter that such claims could form part of a dis­torted nar­ra­tive on po­lice bru­tal­ity by anti-govern­ment protesters.

A woman dressed in black was re­port­edly shot in the eye near Tsim Sha Tsui dur­ing an il­le­gal protest on Sun­day and footage of her bleed­ing has been cir­cu­lated widely on in­ter­na­tional so­cial me­dia.

The South Morning China Post re­ported the girl was re­port­edly hit by a bean­bag round in Tsim Sha Tsui and a doc­tor who saw her said she could lose her right eye.

There is no ev­i­dence show­ing that the cause of this in­ci­dent was re­lated to the po­lice, Tang Ping-ke­ung, deputy com­mis­sioner of Hong Kong po­lice, said at a Mon­day con­fer­ence.

Po­lice will con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing, Tang said, not­ing that “ri­ot­ers have up­graded their vi­o­lence.”

Tsim Sha Tsui po­lice sta­tion was at­tacked with Molo­tov cock­tails on Sun­day night, Hong Kong Po­lice Of­fi­cer Li Kwai-hai of the or­ga­nized crime and triad bureau said at the news con­fer­ence. The po­lice would only act af­ter they re­ceived suf­fi­cient sup­port, Of­fi­cer Li said.

The fe­male pro­tester was in­jured be­fore nec­es­sary po­lice re­in­force­ments ar­rived, he ex­plained.

It was im­pos­si­ble for po­lice to fire at the woman as it was “tech­ni­cally im­pos­si­ble for the po­lice to shoot her in the eye,” said a for­mer se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer, who pre­ferred not to be named.

“The lo­ca­tion of the in­jured per­son is not within the scope of the po­lice shoot­ing,” a source close to the mat­ter told the Global Times on Mon­day.

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