Police supporters reject baton misuse fear
The union said the ongoing social unrest has undermined businesses in Hong Kong.
One association member, Siu Yiu-yam, said he welcomes a recent decision to equip off-duty officers with extendable batons. He said it will will enable them to maintain the law and order better.
Siu said even ordinary citizens will want to help stop crimes from happening. Policemen are citizens with an added responsibility of being officers and if carrying batons makes it more convenient for them to maintain law and order, let them have it, said Siu.
When asked if he’s concerned this will worsen the police-citizen relationship or cause misunderstanding or conflicts, Siu said he believes officers will show restraint when using the batons.
Around a dozen trade union members took part in the event and they also delivered fruits and moon cakes to the officers to show their appreciation.