Traffic cop commended for calm after woman hurls abuse on busy Hong Kong road
Three-minute video of the incident goes viral, spectators condemn the woman’s actions
Onlookers and online spectators expressed support for a traffic police officer who was abused by a woman on a busy Hong Kong strip in broad daylight on Sunday.
A video of the incident surfaced on local media Monday and quickly went viral, attracting almost 200,000 views.
The three-minute clip showed the woman abusing the officer after the vehicle she was travelling in was stopped and issued a penalty for making an illegal U-turn on Des Voeux Road West.
Watch: Traffic policeman abused by woman
The angry female passenger hurried the officer, claiming she was in a rush to get to Queen Mary Hospital.
“Writing a few words took an hour. Are you crazy? Is it needed I teach you?” she said.
“Bastard... you waste taxpayers’ money. How much money do you earn a month?
“[You] deserve to be a [junior] cop for the rest of your life. Pauper!” she said driving away.
Onlookers and online spectators condemned the woman’s actions and showed support for the policeman.
“Don’t worry sir. We all can testify for you,” one onlooker said.
“Thank goodness she wasn’t dealing with American cops. HK cops are too lenient,” a Facebook user named Samuel Mui said.
“What is she really in a hurry and her family is dying? Why waste an hour on it?” another user named Justin Lo said.
The Junior Police Officers’ Association commended the senior constable for his calm handling of the incident.
“He followed the guidelines and performed excellent while exercising his duty at the time of the incident,” association chairman Joe Chan Cho-kwong said.
Chan said people shouting abuse at police could be arrested for obstructing an officer in the execution of their duties if they did not stop after a warning.