2 people arrested for allegedly slashing police officer in neck as protests continue

The moment someone uses ‘a sharp object’ to cut the neck of a police officer outside Kwun Tong MTR station. Screengrab via Facebook video/Ming Pao and YouTube.
The moment someone uses ‘a sharp object’ to cut the neck of a police officer outside Kwun Tong MTR station. Screengrab via Facebook video/Ming Pao and YouTube.

Police have arrested two people in Kwun Tong in connection with an officer who was was “cut in the neck” by a protester on Sunday afternoon.

According to a brief statement published on the Hong Kong Police Force’s Facebook page last night, a group of officers were sent to Kwun Tong MTR station at 5:30pm yesterday to handle a suspected criminal damage case.

Video posted by Ming Pao shows officers being heckled as they enter the station. A few seconds later, the arm of a nearby man reaches into the shot and jabs a sharp object into the neck of one of the officers.

The officer in question then chases the suspected assailant and he and his colleagues pin the man down.

In different video of the same scene, one of the suspects appears to be a young man wearing a dark blue shirt, black pants, and was a backpack.

The police statement said the officer who was cut in the neck, was sent to United Christian Hospital for treatment in a conscious state. The police did not say what the sharp object used to cut the police officer was, though in the first video it appears to be a box-cutter.

The force said that the attack in Kwun Tong was just one of the many against officers that took place during flash protests over the weekend.

The police force wrote on their Facebook page that protesters “used hard objects to bludgeon the heads” of two plainclothes police officers in Tseung Kwan O. Meanwhile, in Sha Tin, protesters threw petrol bombs, set a police vehicle on fire, and one protester allegedly kicked a police officer in the head in Mong Kok.

Widely circulated video of the incident appears to show an officer attempting to make an arrest, when another black-clad protester leaps into the frame and executes a flying kick to the officer’s face. Two other protesters set upon the downed officer with their fists and what appears to be a metal rod before fleeing moments later.

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