The wife of a former newspaper chief was caught on video unleashing a barrage of verbal abuse on a police officer who stopped the car being driven by her husband for a traffic violation.
Fung Siu-wing, former president of Hong Kong Daily news, and his wife were on their way to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam to visit an injured friend when their car was flagged down by a police officer for cutting double white lines on Des Voeux Road West in Western District on Sunday, Ming Pao Daily News reports.
In the three-minute viral video of the incident, Mrs. Fung is seen screaming at the 46-year-old police officer, surnamed Cheung, wagging a finger in front of his face and even brandishing an umbrella at passers-by.
Mrs. Fung was angry because she felt the officer was taking too long to issue a violation ticket.
Responding to media enquiries on Monday night, she said the officer took “at least 20 minutes” to complete the process, but Cheung denied this, saying that even after explaining all the rules, it only took him about 10 minutes.
In a phone interview, Fung admitted to Ming Pao that he violated traffic regulations and deserved a penalty.
He said he asked the officer to complete the procedure quickly, but the officer did not respond and instead took his time to fill in the form and even checked out the car.
His wife was less patient and told the officer that they were on a rush to visit a friend who was hospitalized, but the officer just ignored her.
She then started to berate Cheung for his attitude, but the officer only worked even more slowly.
Fung said he was sure the officer was “doing it on purpose”.
He said he himself said nothing, but his wife yelled at the officer.
In the video that captures her long tirade, Mrs. Fung tells the officer that he is acting like “a dead man”, calls him “useless”, and even wishes him a life in poverty.
She is also seen trying to snatch away the ticket from the officer twice, but the officer avoids her hand and gives her a warning.
Fung said his wife apologized to him after the incident and worried that it might affect his reputation.
But he told her that she had done nothing wrong and only did what all drivers in Hong Kong wanted to do.
When told that netizens who saw the video praised the officer for tolerating his wife’s rant, Fung said they were not aware of the whole picture.
Cheung, who has been with the police department for 28 years, insisted that he finished the procedure in five to 10 minutes.
He refused to talk about the details, saying it would be “unfair to them”.
Cheung also said he was worried about the wife’s safety as onlookers were getting angry because of the harsh words she hurled at him.
He said he understood the difficulties that drivers go through, but he had to perform his duties.
Tung Yiu-ming, a spokesperson for the Junior Police Officers Association, praised Cheung for maintaining his cool while being subjected to abuse.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung points out that there is no crime of shaming a police officer, but if done repeatedly as to cause a nuisance, the offender could be charged with misconduct in public or, if the act hinders investigation, with obstruction of justice.
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