violent clashes inside of a luxury shopping mall in the suburb of Sha Tin on Sunday evening.Hong Kong protester has been charged with biting part of a police officer’s finger off during
22-year-old To Kai-wa was one of hundreds of demonstrators who retreated into the New Town Plaza mall after police tried to break up an anti-extradition protest that was growing contentious on the streets of Sha Tin in the New Territories.
Riot police then charged into the mall, using pepper spray and batons to disperse protesters. However, they were met with a hail of plastic water bottles and umbrellas as demonstrators held their ground.
In the ensuing brawl, prosecutors allege that To attacked one officer with an umbrella and then bit off the tip of Senior Superintendent Leung Tsz-kin’s finger when Leung tried to intervene.
Images from the clash posted onto social media appear to show To biting off the tip of Leung’s ring finger as the officer grabs his head from behind and sticks his finger in his eye.
A @hkpoliceforce officer had tip of his ring finger bitten off at ShaTin #antiELAB #HongKongProtests. Netizens found pics showing him digging his index finger into a man's eye while his ring finger was in the man's mouth – shoes of two photos look the same.#PoliceState #HongKong pic.twitter.com/SNMJ9EujxT
— RealHKNews (@RealHKNews) July 14, 2019
To is being charged with one count of assaulting a police officer, two counts of wounding with intent, and one count of failing to show identification.
He was released on HK$10,000 ($1,280) bail on Tuesday. According to the conditions of the bail, he is to remain indoors from midnight to 6 am each night and is not allowed to go anywhere near to the New Town Plaza mall.
A total of 47 people were arrested over Sunday’s brawl which resulted in 28 people being taken to the hospital and 13 officers being injured.