A senior policeman staged a silent kneeling protest at the Kwun Tong Police Station on Monday, raising concern among fellow officers over the welfare of members of the force.
It is said that the protest was in connection with a long-running dispute with his boss over overtime pay, Apple Daily reports.
A spokesman said the Hong Kong Police Force is very much concerned about what had happened, noting that it seeks to give top priority to the welfare of its members.
An internal investigation into the incident has reportedly been launched.
The protest took place at the parking lot of the Kwun Tong Police Station during lunch hour on Monday.
The police officer in uniform was caught on camera kneeling down on both knees in between two parked cars while holding a sign that says “SORRY SIR”.
Photos of the protesting officer went viral after it was posted on social media, sparking intense discussion among netizens.
According to a source, the policeman joined the force about 20 years ago. In 2013, while he was assigned at the Tseung Kwan O Police District, the officer got into a dispute over overtime pay with his supervisor.
He had found that his overtime pay was HK$700 short and filed a complaint. His supervisor gave him the amount in private, but he rejected it and insisted on filing a complaint.
The policeman was asked to apologize to his supervisor, but he refused to do so.
It is said that as a result of that dispute, the officer failed to get promoted several times.
The policeman was later transferred to the Kwun Tong Police Station. In August, his former supervisor with whom he had a grudge was assigned as commander at the Kwun Tong Police District, the source said.
The policeman is currently assigned to do desk work at the station without being given a service pistol.
Over the past few months, he was seen standing in the parking lot facing the commander’s office several times, and on Monday. he was seen kneeling down on the same spot apparently as a silent protest.
Another source said the internal investigation will focus on whether his act of kneeling down while in uniform is against the Police Force Ordinance.
It is also said that his superiors are thinking of offering him medical assistance or reassigning him elsewhere.
A senior police officer pointed out that no counseling can be forced on the policeman unless he agrees to accept it.
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