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Hong Kong: Officer implicated in shooting protester 'did not have bad intentions' - police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
November 11, 2019 at 17:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

The traffic police officer who fired a live round, critically injuring a 21-year-old protester in Sai Wan Ho earlier in the day, "did not have bad intentions to hurt anyone," Hong Kong police said at a press conference at their headquarters in Wan Chai on Monday.

Chief Superintendent of the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch (PPRB), John Tse Chun-Chung, claimed that the officer believed it was "very likely" that the protester would snatch the officer's service revolver, which he said the officer pulled out "as a warning."

Tse stressed that "the consequences would be disastrous," noting that "death and casualties would have resulted."

The chief superintendent also commented on the Kwai Fong incident that saw a police officer driving his motorbike through "a crowd of protesters," injuring at least two people.

"We understand that this is a serious matter," said Tse, adding that the officer "has been suspended from all frontline duties instantly" and that the investigation has been launched into the incident.

Hong Kong has been rocked since March by demonstrations sparked by a planned, but now-withdrawn extradition bill. The rallies have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration.

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The traffic police officer who fired a live round, critically injuring a 21-year-old protester in Sai Wan Ho earlier in the day, "did not have bad intentions to hurt anyone," Hong Kong police said at a press conference at their headquarters in Wan Chai on Monday.

Chief Superintendent of the Hong Kong Police Public Relations Branch (PPRB), John Tse Chun-Chung, claimed that the officer believed it was "very likely" that the protester would snatch the officer's service revolver, which he said the officer pulled out "as a warning."

Tse stressed that "the consequences would be disastrous," noting that "death and casualties would have resulted."

The chief superintendent also commented on the Kwai Fong incident that saw a police officer driving his motorbike through "a crowd of protesters," injuring at least two people.

"We understand that this is a serious matter," said Tse, adding that the officer "has been suspended from all frontline duties instantly" and that the investigation has been launched into the incident.

Hong Kong has been rocked since March by demonstrations sparked by a planned, but now-withdrawn extradition bill. The rallies have since evolved into a movement with wider grievances against the Hong Kong administration.

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