Slashed cop open-minded about independent inquiry

Local | Staff Reporter 4 Dec 2019

The police sergeant whose neck was slashed by a knife said he was open-minded about an independent commission of inquiry, but is unsure who can be appointed as commission members.

Even people who received tertiary education targeted the police and the government during the unrest, he told China Global Television Network in an interview.

The 43-year-old sergeant, identified only as Alex, had his neck slashed with a paper-cutter at Kwun Tong MTR station amid citywide flash protests on October 13.

Wearing a mask and with his back facing the camera, the team leader of the Kowloon East Division recalled with a cracked voice that he was leaving when he was slashed in the neck.

"I was assigned to go to a MTR station to check if there was any criminal damage. We went to where people gathered but did not found any. When we were ready to leave, I felt my right neck was stabbed by someone," he said.

He then turned around and saw the attacker holding a weapon and moving his right hand backward. The attacker was subdued and arrested by his colleagues.

Leung said he didn't realize that he was severely hurt until he saw blood on the floor and that his uniform was wet.

"The doctor said I was lucky because the artery was spared," he said. A long scar was seen on his neck.

Asked why he thinks that he was attacked, Leung said some people in Hong Kong lack the ability to think independently. "They are under the influence of other people to take these radical actions," he said.

Alex disagreed that police have used excessive force in dealing with protests, saying the force used by police is at a relatively low level, as they faced deadly violent attacks from protesters' petrol bombs, bricks and arrows.

Besides, Alex said, all police officers have been under great pressure both mentally and physically in the past months.

"Sometimes when we were assigned to guard a place, we could not rest or leave for over 10 hours. We did not even know when we could take a day off," he said.

Alex said that protesters can make their demands in a peaceful way, but disagreed with any violence. "Why are there so many young people coming out to protest, and even resorting to violence? In my opinion, has Hong Kong's education system gone wrong," he said.

Regarding the demand to set up an independent commission of inquiry, Alex said he is personally open to this idea, but wondered who would be suitable for appointment.

"I believe every citizen in Hong Kong wants to know why things have turned into this. But who should serve as a member in the independent commission of inquiry?" he asked.

"As we have seen in the past months, university presidents and even some highly-educated people have targeted the police and the government."

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