Cops Behaving Badly: Police officers arrested in drug, gambling busts

One officer was arrested after a video of him slapping and verbally abusing his son went viral. Screengrab: Youtube
One officer was arrested after a video of him slapping and verbally abusing his son went viral. Screengrab: Youtube

Four Hong Kong police officers have recently been arrested for their suspected involvement in various crimes, ranging from child abuse to illegal gambling and drug trafficking.

Ice, ice baby: Cops who helped in record-breaking crystal meth bust suspected of pilfering evidence

Two Hong Kong policemen are being investigated after they were caught with their hands in the cookie jar (or, in this case, the crystal meth jar). Just after midnight today, a 41-year-old station sergeant from the anti-triad squad for Kowloon West was arrested at the Royal Garden Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui when he was found to be in possession of the three big Cs: crystal meth, cash, and cocaine.

(Specifically, 2kg of crystal meth, more than HKD270,000 in cash, and a little bit of coke and some other drugs.)

Two other suspects, a man and a woman, were also arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking at the scene.

Further investigation led police to a flat in Shek Kip Mei, where they found the sergeant’s colleague, a 37-year-old constable, with another 23kg of crystal meth.

Police sources told the SCMP that the station sergeant had participated in a massive raid in Jordan where officers seized 296kg of crystal meth last Tuesday. The source said that the haul will be re-weighed to see if any had been stolen, and that more than 10 officers from the anti-triad squad that made the seizure would be taken off the team while investigations continued.

High Stakes: Two policemen arrested for illegal gambling in a Tuen Mun ‘party room’

Two policemen have been suspended after they were arrested in an anti-gambling operation.

At around 11:30pm on Monday, police officers from Tuen Mun’s Special Duty Team raided an upstairs party room which had been converted into an illegal gambling den, HK01 reports. Police arrested 28 men and 8 women, aged 15 to 55.

Two of the gamblers were identified as off-duty police officers, aged 52 and 33, from the Tuen Mun police district Military Patrol Squad and the Tai Po police district Criminal Investigation Team. Both officers were immediately suspended pending further investigation.

While many of the government’s anti-epidemic measures are set to be relaxed starting tomorrow, party rooms (as well as bathhouses, nightclubs, and karaoke lounges) are currently not permitted to open under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap 599F).

Police officer filmed beating, berating son arrested for child abuse

And finally, a police officer who was depicted beating and verbally abusing his son in a video was arrested last week after the clip was shared widely among Hong Kong netizens.

The officer, who was previously identified as a member of the traffic unit, is reported to be a 41-year-old senior officer based at the Central police district headquarters. The 41-year-old, who has been suspended, was arrested last Friday on suspicion of “ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of a child or young person” before being released on bail.

A statement from the police force’s public relations bureau said that the case had been referred to the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, and any illegal behavior would result in the officer being “severely punished.

The video, which was filmed in January, showed a man slapping, kicking, and throwing a pair of slippers at his young son. The boy is believed to be around 6 years old.

In the clip, the man can be heard telling calling the boy “a piece of trash” and telling him to “hurry up and die”.

Editor’s note: This post previously misstated the amount of money found at the Royal Garden Hotel as HKD100,000. We regret the error.

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