‘Good kids don’t become cops’: Get ready for a dark new era of unchecked police power in Hong Kong

Ho jai ng dong chaai (好仔唔當差) – “Good kids don’t become cops” is our own Cantonese version of “All Cops Are Bastards.” It is a saying that I first heard from my grandmother, whose favourite sons ironically became policemen. These days in Hong Kong, this idiom seems to be coming true once again.

In recent weeks, the Hong Kong Police Force – once known as “Asia’s finest” – have found themselves in a bottomless well of scandals.

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Photo: May James/HKFP.

Several drug-squad officers were arrested, reportedly in possession of more than HK$12 million worth of crystal meth. Another policeman was charged with stealing more than HK$50,000 while on duty, from an airport reporting centre he was supposed to be guarding.

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