Hong Kong extradition bill: Police unions oppose independent inquiry into alleged excessive use of force during recent anti-ELAB protests

Junior Police Officers' Association also issues statement labelling violent protesters as "cockroaches"

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Police are firmly against an inquiry into police actions.

Members of four staff organisations at the Hong Kong police have issued statements opposing wide-ranging calls for the formation of an independent inquiry into the alleged excessive use of force by the police at recent anti-extradition bill protests.

The four police unions, representing superintendents, inspectors, overseas inspectors and junior police respectively, reiterated their outright opposition to the idea of conducting an independent inquiry, and noted that recent protests had turned into violent clashes across the city. “We believe this is unfair to the police...and request the Chief Executive firmly refuse to set up an independent commission of inquiry as not to disappoint the police and our efforts in supporting the Special Administration Region Government,” read the letter send to the Chief Executive’s office on 24 July.

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In related news, another statement by the Junior Police Officers’ Association strongly condemned the escalation of violence, and the insult to the nation via the actions of vandalising the Beijing Liasion office building and defacing the Chinese national emblem. It also mentioned the desecration of pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu’s parents' graves.

They also described the 24,000 phone calls the police recieved during the Yuen Long attacks as a “computer hacker attack”, calling them an attempt to create the illusion the police have done nothing.

“These thugs cannot be described as human, as humans have common morality and decency; nor can they be described as animals, as animals can feel gratitude to their masters; such lowlifes can only be referred to the insects most afraid of the light - cockroaches,” said the statement dated 25 July. The statement ended with, “Please stop.”