Mother of girl tackled by officers while buying art supplies files police complaint

Police tackle a 12-year-old girl during a protest in Mong Kok on Sept. 6, 2020. Screenshot via Facebook/HKUST Radio News Reporting Team
Police tackle a 12-year-old girl during a protest in Mong Kok on Sept. 6, 2020. Screenshot via Facebook/HKUST Radio News Reporting Team

The mother of a girl who was tackled to the ground by a police officer while out purchasing art supplies in September has filed an official complaint against the force.

Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Andy Yu wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday that the mother and her daughter had submitted a complaint to the Mong Kok Police Station.

The complaint, written from the perspective of the 12-year-old girl, read: “I was defenceless at the time and didn’t break the law… I have been hurt, and I can’t forget this unpleasant experience.”

The mother earlier said her daughter was “emotionally unstable” after the September afternoon incident. That day, protesters had gathered in Mong Kok chanting pro-democracy slogans, attracting heavy police presence.

In a now-viral video, the preteen was seen walking down the street before suddenly being chased by police officers, who cornered her before knocking her to the ground.

She and her brother denied that they were taking part in the protests and said they were just shopping in the area. Almost 300 people were arrested in the demonstrations that day.

Orthopedists said the way the “burly” police officer subdued the girl, forcing her her head to hit the ground first, could have resulted in grave injuries, Apple Daily reported.

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