Hong Kong police

Hong Kong police look into officer’s kneeling protest

Officer fell to the ground in the car park of Kwun Tong Police Station, in apparent dispute over overtime from 2013

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 November, 2017, 8:09pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 November, 2017, 10:53pm

Police were on Tuesday looking into the welfare of one of their own officers, after he dropped to his knees holding a sign which said “Sorry sir” in a station car park, in an apparent long-running row about overtime pay.

Pictures of the scene leaked and had already gone viral on social media.

In one of the photographs, the senior policeman was on his knees in the car park, holding a sign. In the second picture the sign, reading “Sorry sir”, was visible. The man was speaking to a colleague in the car park. He was in uniform in both pictures.

A force insider confirmed that the pictures were taken at Kwun Tong Police Station on Monday, and said the incident came after a long-running dispute about overtime.

The source said the policeman earned 4.5 extra hours by working overtime in the Police Tactical Unit in 2013 but his supervisor forgot to make a record.

The problem was solved a year later when he transferred to Tseung Kwan O Police Station. There, his superior officer allowed him to claim the hours back.

“But he was dissatisfied with the superintendent who handled his request, as his problem was handled only a year after,” the source said. “He even threw money, HK$700, which was the wages for working 4.5 hours, at the superintendent to express his anger.”

The officer later transferred to Kwun Tong.

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Since then, the superintendent who dealt with his overtime complaint had been promoted to chief superintendent, and recently became commander of Kwun Tong police district.

“The policeman still feels angry over the claim. He dropped to his knees on Monday to seek attention,” the insider said.

It is understood that the force was looking into the officer’s conduct, as he was wearing uniform at the time.

“The force will also look into the welfare of this officer,” the source said.

A police spokesman confirmed that an officer responsible for indoor and supportive duties had got to his knees at Kwun Tong Police Station on Monday. He said the department had noted the matter and was following up on it.