Police chief vows to tackle low morale

Local | Phoenix Un 26 Jun 2019

An assistant police commissioner will be responsible for coping with false rumors targeting the police on social media, police chief Stephen Lo Wai-chung told police associations.

He also acknowledged the June 12 clashes impacted on police morale, and promised to prosecute law-breaking protesters.

Representatives of the Superintendents' Association, Police Inspectors' Association, Overseas Inspectors' Association and Junior Police Officers' Association yesterday had a meeting with Lo to discuss the protest outside the police headquarters last week.

According to a letter the Police Inspectors' Association sent to its members, Lo promised to follow-up the law breaching behavior of protesters, and promised to put one of the assistant commissioners in charge of quick response and clarification of inauthentic news against the police.

Meanwhile, the inspectors' association issued another letter, saying although nobody was injured during the protest, "this sword of extreme humiliation has already stabbed to the heart of every colleague, and each of us are grieved and heartbroken!"

But public challenges of the police over the June 12 demonstration have not stopped, as ousted legislator Sixtus Leung Chung-hang and "king of judicial review" Kwok Cheuk-kin filed a judicial review application to the High Court yesterday.

They asked the court to declare uniformed officers not displaying police numbers on June 12 not be considered performing their duties, and issue an injunction that all uniformed police should show their numbers on their uniforms.

Legislators Au Nok-hin, Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, Jeremy Tam Man-ho, Gary Fan Kwok-wai and Leung Yiu-chung also plan to file complaints to the Complaints Against Police Office and Independent Police Complaints Council tomorrow, that some policemen did not show their numbers and warrant cards on June 12.

phoenix.un@singtaonewscorp.com

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