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Calling Hong Kong police brainless over ‘human roadblock’ was unwarranted

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2018, 4:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 April, 2018, 4:29pm

I object to Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun criticising traffic police over the use of “human roadblocks” in their pursuit of a seven-seater vehicle on Fanling Highway on February 11.

Two men in the speeding vehicle died after it hit three other cars and flipped over. Three other motorists who had been asked to slow down, and a police officer on a motorbike, were injured.

Addressing a Legislative Council security panel, To condemned the police as “brainless” for their decision to issue notices of intended prosecution to the drivers who were instructed to slow down, to act as so-called human shields.

Hong Kong police have since expressed regret for the trouble caused to the three drivers served the notices, and pledged not to sue them. However, I would like to point out that traffic police investigators had already informed the drivers concerned that the notice did not entail necessary prosecution, but was only a legal requirement of the Road Traffic Ordinance.

This was reiterated by the police commissioner after a police college event on April 14. And your report of April 16 said that police officers had been in close contact with the injured citizens.

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While the legal procedures may need further streamlining and the police tactics need to be reviewed for safety concerns, it is offensive to make derogatory comments about the police for such an unfortunate incident, where our law enforcers used their best option to slow down traffic flow to try and stop a speeding car that was changing lanes and weaving dangerously between vehicles.

Keith Law, North Point