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警察評議會職方協會 POLICE FORCE COUNCIL

香港軍器廠街一號警察總部
STAFF ASSOCIATIONS
39 /F, A R S E N A L H O U S E ,
警政大樓三十九樓
POLICE HEADQUARTERS,
電話 Telephone: 2860 2645
1 ARSENAL STREET, HONG KONG.
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協 會 檔 號 O U R R E F : CP PER SS C 1-20/27

來 件 編 號 YOUR REF:

5th July 2019

Ms Helen Goodman, MP
House of Commons,
London,
SW1A 0AA
United Kingdom
(helen.goodman.mp@parliament.uk)

Dear Ms Goodman,

We refer to your recent statement in the House of Commons asserting,


amongst other things, that the Hong Kong Police were guilty of brutality during their
handling of recent demonstrations in Hong Kong. During your statement, which we
note was made under the protection of parliamentary privilege, you named an officer,
who you claimed gave the order to use tear gas against the protesters. You further
stated there were two other British officers who were the most senior officers on the
scene handling the protest. You demanded to know what the government was
going to do about bringing these officers to book for “police brutality”.

By naming the officer, you have encouraged a doxxing campaign against


that Superintendent. He, along with the two other expatriate officers, have been
subjected to vitriolic cyber attacks and physical threats to their families.

At all times during the demonstrations, the Hong Kong Police officers acted
with proportionality, using minimum force to suppress a rioting mob attacking the
police. Many officers were injured by bricks and spears thrown by the mob. Some
officers suffered from a corrosive substance being thrown at them. There are
numerous media clips which clearly show that the violence was initiated by the
protesters and the Hong Kong Police, in order to restore public order and protect
themselves, used minimal force to prevent further attacks and injury on both sides.

H ONG K ONG
S UPERINTENDENTS ’ P OLICE I NSPECTORS ’ O VERSEAS I NSPECTORS ’ J UNIOR P OLICE O FFICERS ’
A SSOCIATION A SSOCIATION A SSOCIATION A SSOCIATION
警司協會 香港警務督察協會 海外督察協會 警察隊員佐級協會
You stated that there was a need for a public enquiry. You may not be
aware, the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) has announced that a
comprehensive study into all Public Order Events that took place during June. This
study will receive evidence from members of the public, police and anyone who has
information relevant to the study. We understand that whilst the study will touch on
police actions during the protests, it is vital for the IPCC to consider who instigated
the riot and encouraged the attacks on police.

On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule after 155 years of
British rule. On the lead up to the handover, both the British and Chinese
governments made impassioned pleas for serving expatriate officers to continue to
serve under the new regime to maintain stability in Hong Kong. The
Superintendents mentioned by you made that pledge, along with a number of other
expatriates, to remain in Hong Kong, serve the community and assist in ensuring the
safety of this world-class city.

Hong Kong has one of the lowest crime rates in the world; thus, our
children can walk the streets without the fear of crime. It is therefore hugely
disappointing to have criticism levelled at us when a peaceful demonstration turned
violent due to the irresponsible actions of a small, yet determined group of hooligans,
who decided that throwing bricks, spears, charging police lines and using corrosive
powder against police was an acceptable means to deliver their message.

It is evident to us that you have no understanding nor insight into what is


happening here in Hong Kong. We can only surmise you are either wilfully blind to
the truth or reading false reports. You owe the Superintendent and the Hong Kong
Police Force an apology.

Ronny CHAN Wilkie NG Neil TAYLOR Ray LAM


Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman
Superintendents’ Hong Kong Police Overseas Inspectors’ Junior Police Officers’
Association Inspectors’ Association Association Association

c.c.
Mr Andrew Heyn OBE, British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao