Date
22 September 2017
Officers facing legal action arising from the street protests will benefit from a police fund. Photo: Reuters
Officers facing legal action arising from the street protests will benefit from a police fund. Photo: Reuters

Police groups raise HK$10 mln to help protest cops

An in-house fundraising has collected more than HK$10 million (US$1.29 million) for two police associations.

The money will benefit the Junior Police Officers Association and Hong Kong Police Inspectors’ Association.

It is partly intended to help officers defend themselves in any legal action arising from the ongoing street protests, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Seven officers accused of beating a protester reportedly sought legal aid and counseling from the two organizations. 

Proceeds from a separate public donation campaign, which ended on Sunday, will be distributed to the intended parties after a decision is made in the coming days, according to police sources.

Meanwhile, former assistant police commissioner Tang Hau-kong said he expects fewer candidates in the Dec. 13 police recruitment drive.

He said those who want to join the police force should be prepared to deal with pressure.

Also, Tang urged officers under pressure to refrain from illegal behavior and said those who cannot handle it should not be in the force.

However, he said he felt let down by the protesters when they surrounded government headquarters last Sunday, resulting in violent clashes and several arrests.

Tang said he hopes the incidents taught the protesters a lesson about being mature and responsible members of the community.

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