What lessons can be learned from the Hong Kong police’s handling of the 2019 protests?
- Hong Kong can be a case study for other societies of what can happen when police hold excessive powers and there is insufficient oversight
- Has the force paid a high price in terms of public trust and accountability?
Martin Purbrick is an honorary fellow at the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration at Keele University. He was a Hong Kong Police officer from 1988 to 2000, where he served in the special branch engaged in counterterrorism and the Criminal Intelligence Bureau in intelligence analysis of triads and organised crime.