Officer revealed he didnâ€™t fear for his life... isnâ€™t that an admission that the use of a firearm was unreasonable?
Admittedly the article is pretty badly written and makes it seem that they got tired of using non lethal ammunition so fired a live roundâ€œIt was the first time I felt that way -- not that I would necessarily die, but that something was going to happen to me and my unit,â€ he said, speaking to a news outlet for the first time since the incident. â€œItâ€™s the thing I had to do at that moment.â€
For hours, his unit had clashed with demonstrators in running street battles that became increasingly violent. They had already used non-lethal weapons like sponge-tipped bullets, bean bag rounds, pepper spray and tear gas, but nothing managed to disperse the crowd.
So Jacky took out his gun and fired a live round.
You are doing to them what you accuse them of doing to you.
Was a perfectly OK piece in my opinion, specially since this was an officially sanctioned interview that ended with a suggestion for an independent and broad enquiry.
I may often criticize SCMP articles for being pro-police but this brief description of him firing the gun doesn't do the officer any justice. To the international audience with no prior knowledge of the context of him firing the gun it makes him seem like some trigger-happy person who tried using non-lethal weaponry in vain to disperse a crowd so got tired of waiting and used life ammunition instead.Admittedly this part of the article is pretty badly written
I know they have a word limit when writing articles but that part leaving out vital context is pretty unfair to the officer imo.
HKFP journo sums it up pretty well imo (parts 2 & 3)