Alpais Lam

Mong Kok crime squad to investigate teacher who swore at police

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 August, 2013, 8:17pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 August, 2013, 9:02pm

A police district crime squad has been tasked with investigating the incident involving primary school teacher Alpais Lam Wai-sze, who was filmed shouting abuse at police officers over their handling of a dispute between Falun Gong activists and opponents earlier.

Crime squads normally investigate serious crimes, such as robbery, assaults and murder.

But a police spokesman said on Thursday the Mong Kok district crime squad would follow up on the case as a request for police assistance. The request was made by a 59-year-old man last Saturday afternoon, police said.

The man had asked officers to investigate Lam’s behaviour on suspicion that she had behaved inappropriately in public and had prevented police from performing their duties.

Lam was earlier filmed shouting an offensive phrase in English at a team of police officers over their handling of a confrontation between the Falun Gong and the Youth Care Association last month.

The clip was uploaded to the internet, raising heated debate and leading to a pro-police rally that saw clashes between her supporters and detractors on August 4.

Also on Thursday, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said a report on Lam’s incident would be compiled in accordance with established procedures.

He said these would involve the management and board of the school, which employs Lam, to analyse her related behaviour and then compile a report to be submitted to the bureau.

The report was ordered by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Sunday in response to the controversy triggered by Lam’s behaviour.