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Police deserve the benefit of the doubt

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When a man was stopped by police and pulled out a cutter to make threatening motions, he only had himself to blame if he was shot.

This seems to be what happened to Chow King-tang, a 55-year-old renovation worker, who remains in hospital after ignoring warnings from two police officers on patrol at Sham Shui Po MTR station early this month.

But this is Hong Kong, so the incident has been portrayed in yellow-ribbon anti-government circles and their media sites as one of police brutality and unjustified use of force. Many of the denunciations against the female officer who fired the shot cannot be printed in a family newspaper.

Now, the Democratic Party has decided to represent Chow’s family against the police and even called a media conference to press their case.


© South China Morning Post