The amendments of the “Fugitive Offenders Ordinance” dispute triggered a series of protests, and the police response attracted attention. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced yesterday that a special task force will be set up to examine the public activities, including the Jyly 1st attack on the Legislative Council, to assess whether the police operate in accordance with procedures, laws and guidelines.
IPCC Chairman Anthony Neoh has repeatedly acknowledged that they have no power to call witnesses, and ask the police, the public and the media provide informationfor review. Informants will be reported to the Police if they break the law. Some lawyers criticize the system as being ridiculous and discourange complaints; civil rights organizations say that the police have limited investigative powers and lack legal protection for witnesses, and cannot replace an independent investigation commision established by the government.
This is the 10th Anniversary of the IPCC since its inception in June 2009. An examination of the statistics of the past 9 years revealed that only 3% to 4% of the complaints were confirmed each year. In about 90% of the cases, the officers were only warned or admonised, showing that IPCC advice were ignored. In 4 years, the complaint acceptance rate by the police was 0%. Some civil society groups have criticised the IPCC as a “toothless tiger.”
In 7 years from 2011/12 to 2017/18, there were 2,119 allegations of police assaults, but only 2 counts were accepted, with a success rate of only 0.09%.
11 former members of the IPCC, another 32 former senior goverment officials and members of the Legislative Council jointly urged the government to set up an independent investigation committee led by a credible person.