The saga surrounding the beating of pro-democracy protester Ken Tsang by the police during the 2014 Occupy movement finally drew to an end as the seven police officers involved were convicted of assault by a district court judge.
Now that justice has been served and those who were involved are going to face jail terms, we believe it is time for law enforcement, pro-democracy protesters and the so-called blue and yellow-ribbon factions to set aside their differences and reconcile with one another, so as to allow our society to heal the wounds and move on.
Ever since our democratization process ground to a halt in June 2015 when Legco vetoed the government’s political reform proposal, many have taken the view that reopening public consultations on political reform is key to mending fences in society.
To a certain extent, we share the same view. However, in addition, we believe making sure that justice is served is just as important as jump-starting political reform because only by doing so can public grievances be truly addressed and social harmony restored.
We urge the authorities to bring retired police superintendent Franklin Chu, who was allegedly involved in an assault against civilians in Mong Kok in 2014, as well as the “masterminds” behind the 79-day Occupy movement to court as soon as possible and let our juries and judges decide whether they are guilty or not.
All people are equal before the law, and there is no institution more qualified than our courts to settle social disputes and uphold justice.
In the meantime, while the conviction of the seven policemen is no doubt a disgrace to the police force, we strongly urge members of the public not to make sweeping generalizations about our law enforcement.
Our police force remains a highly professional and impartial institution dedicated to preserving law and order.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Feb. 15
Translation by Alan Lee
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