Hong Kong police have dropped plans to fine a 12-year-old girl after being widely criticised for tackling her to the ground during a demonstration in Mong Kok two months ago.
Yau Tsim Mong District Councillor Andy Yu Tak-po said police told him they had revoked a penalty ticket charging the girl, Pamela, and her brother, Steven, with violating a Covid-19 ban on public gatherings of more than two people.
The siblings were visiting Yau Ma Tei to buy art supplies for class on September 6 but could not pass through a police cordon. In a HKUST Radio News Reporting Team clip, Pamela can be seen running away from police on Sai Yeung Choi Street South before being tackled to the ground by a riot policeman and restrained by three officers.
The police defended their conduct, saying “minimum necessary force” was used to subdue Pamela after she “ran away in a suspicious manner.”
Riot police deployed in force across Yau Tsim Mong that day after banning a protest on what would have been polling day for Legislative Council elections. Protesters were unhappy at the government decision to delay the LegCo polls for a year citing the coronavirus.
The siblings both submitted their defence to the police later that month with the help of Andy Yu.
Yu said their mother plans to file a complaint against the officers involved and is considering possible legal action.