Student protester shot by Hong Kong police convicted

HONG KONG (AFP) – An unarmed Hong Kong man who was shot by police during democracy protests three years ago was convicted on Monday (Aug 29) of multiple charges – including trying to steal the firearm that struck him.

Chow Pak-kwan, 23, was shot at point-blank range by a traffic officer outside a subway station in November 2019 when protesters had called a citywide strike.

The shooting was captured on a live Facebook broadcast.

It showed the officer drawing his gun and pointing towards protesters blocking the road.

He briefly grappled with a protester wearing white, as Chow approached. He then fired at Chow, hitting him in the stomach.