On 12 June, there was serious clash during the mass protest against the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance. 11 people were arrested, suspected of disturbing public order, illegal assembly, assaulting police and riot-related crimes. Two University of Hong Kong students were charged with loitering.
Initial count by the police includes 150 tear gas canisters, several rubber bullets and 20 bean bags were fired. The number of tear gas canisters was more than 70% over the 87 fired in the 2014 Occupy .
Many questioned the police’s excessive use of force, shooting at heads, eyes and reporters. The Police Commissioner Lo Wai-chung believed that the police exercised restraint as the situation was chaotic and the police used the appropriate force. However, the Complaints Against Police Office has received 19 complaints. The top officials of the Hong Kong government said they did not participate in the shooting decision trying to distance themselves from the action.
The Hong Kong Bar Association, legal scholars, human rights groups and journalist associations issued statements condemning the police’s use of excessive violence.