Public Condemnation Against Hong Kong Police Force’s 12-Year-Old Girl Arrest

By John Kim

Published Date: 2020 / 10 / 12


With the unmade effort to acknowledge its action, the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) continues to stand before an extensive public condemnation for police officers’ inessential demonstration of power during the process of arresting a 12-year-old girl named on Sunday, September 6th.

A video footage from Twitter published on the day of the protest revealed a 12-year-old girl walking in a shopping district in Hong Kong through a violent horde of police officers and Hong Kongese protesters. The girl, when approached by officers armed with vests and shields, took off in the opposite direction, only to be stopped by another officer who ‘flew in’ from the girl’s side. The officer pushed down the girl on the ground with his knees.

The video filmed by a local Hong Kongese reporter spread quickly through various social media outlets, arousing an international outcry over the HKPF’s “indiscriminate treatment of children,” as stated by a petition of teachers, psychologists, and social workers on the very day of the video’s uploading. The petition had gathered more than 10,000 signatures after a few hours of its publication, demanding an apology from the police department and close investigations of the officers that were present at the site.

In response, the HKPF claimed that the officers had exhibited only the “minimum necessary force” in the process of arresting the girl. According to the HKPF’s officers, it was the girl that had “suddenly ran away in a suspicious manner,” hampering their duty as officers to resolve the protest and prevent the possible widespread of coronavirus from such a mass gathering of unidentifiable individuals.

Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, also rejected the reporters’ request to reveal her position on the footage when she was asked on the following Tuesday. She merely stated that any complaint against the actions of the police force will result in full investigations of the speaker.

In the meantime, a major controversy lingers over the Hong Kongese government’s unpopular decision to postpone the national elections to Hong Kong’s parliament by a year. While the government claimed that the deferral was an inevitable decision in the prevailing threat of the coronavirus, activists have raised voices over the government’s intentional manipulation of concern over the virus to direct people’s attention away from voting.

The protest held on the day of Pamela’s arrest was recorded to be the biggest since the first protest was launched on the 1st of July, 2019. From July, a series of protests were held over Beijing’s imposition of its national security laws upon the citizens of Hong Kong — according to the reports of Fox News. A total of 289 individuals who were suspected of unlawful gatherings were reported to be arrested at the site by the officers of the HKPF. Video footage by other civilians at the site of the protest also revealed people other than Pamela were treated unethically, including a man who was pepper sprayed at close range and dragged from the asphalt to a sidewalk by plainclothes officers. The officers’ draconian stance against Hong Kong civilians has even suggested a resemblance to Nazi Germany’s Gestapo.

Our contemporary status as students limit the range of actions that we can perform to produce practical changes over such rights issues as the one discussed in this article. Incautious approaches to the particular issue like participating in protests, criticizing the Hong Kong government, and leading a distinct rights movement may result in no successful outcome but dreadful consequences to our well-being. Considering the realistic aspects of our constraints, the best action we can take as students is to observe. As third-person observers of the issue, we must refrain from constructing rash conclusions before we understand the thorough details and can delineate the effects of the event discussed. In the particular case discussed in this article, we can never underestimate the impact that the introduction of new information may have on our pre-existing conclusions. Ignorance can never be an excuse, but knowledge is power; simply knowing something is often more powerful than taking impetuous actions.

Works Cited
Cheung, Eric. “Hong Kong Police Criticized for Tackling 12-Year-Old during Protests.” CNN, Cable News Network, 8 Sept. 2020,

Davidson, Helen. “Hong Kong Shocked by Violent Police Arrest of 12-Year-Old Girl.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 7 Sept. 2020,

Chakraborty, Barnini. “Hong Kong Cops Criticized Internationally Following Violent Arrest of 12-Year-Old Girl.” Fox News, FOX News Network, 7 Sept. 2020,

May, Tiffany, and Elaine Yu. “Outcry in Hong Kong After Police Tackle 12-Year-Old Girl.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Sept. 2020,

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