Cops say Matthew Cheung apology out of line

Local | 30 Jul 2019 6:37 pm

Police unions said today the Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung did not represent the force when he apologized for the Yuen Long attacks.

Four police council staff associations - Police Superintendents' Association, Police Inspectors’ Association, Overseas Inspectors’ Association and Junior Police Officers’ Association - met Cheung today in a closed-door meeting to express concerns and dissatisfaction over his remarks last Friday.

The Police Superintendents' Association chair, Chan Man-tak, said that while Cheung is entitled to his views, he can not represent the police.

“The Chief Secretary's remarks sparked concerns and dissatisfaction among our colleges. We exchanged our views sincerely during the meeting and understand what he meant last Friday,” he said.

Chan also said the police are aligned with the government. "We are unified.”

Cheung said on Friday that police handling of the Yune Long incident fell short of residents’ expectations. He then said he was 'willing to apologize' to citizens.

Cheung's office said he had listen to police concerns about demonstrations and violent clashes.

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