A former front-line police officer has told of his heartbreak at the deterioration of Hong Kong’s police force since the change of sovereignty in 1997, the news website Stand News reported Friday.
The 18-year veteran, who referred to himself as Ka-ming, said he no longer felt proud of having been a police officer in Hong Kong, as the force no longer serves justice but rather the state.
The culprit is Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung, he said.
Ka-ming said Beijing has been pulling the strings at the top of the Hong Kong police, and gradually the force has become a tool of the government instead of enforcers of the law.
Occupy protesters should never have been considered rioters in the first place, Ka-ming stressed.
He said there are international criteria for a rioter, such as taking part in arson and robbery.
In Hong Kong, protesters did not conduct themselves that way, and the police should not have treated them with excessive violence, Ka-ming said.
The existing laws have specific limitations on the use of force by police officers, he said. However, when protesters are regarded as rioters, the police can justify their violent actions by labeling the situation as an exceptional case.
If a protest is considered a riot simply because of differences in political stance, the damage to front-line police officers is unimaginable, Ka-ming said.
He said Tsang should not have rationalized the inappropriate behavior by police as “human nature”, as that only reassured front-line officers that they were correct in using unnecessary force on protesters.
Ka-ming also said police officers no longer fear the Complaints Against Police Office, which is supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC).
“Now you can see that police officers need not restrain themselves even in front of the cameras, since even the officials at the IPCC are not politically neutral,” he said.
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