LITTLE INDIA RIOT COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY | WHAT WENT RIGHT
Police didn't use deadly force to quell Little India riot
Commissioner points out that there were no deaths or serious injuries
Published on Mar 26, 2014 8:09 AM
Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee is "proud and gratified" by the restraint his officers showed in the face of violence in Little India on Dec 8, the Committee of Inquiry (COI) heard yesterday.
Defending the actions of front-line officers during the riot, the police chief commended his ground commander, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lu Yeow Lim, who had come under fire for holding his position when he was greatly outnumbered, and waiting for reinforcements to arrive.
Mr Ng said it was the right and sensible thing to do, as he clarified the reasons behind the police's doctrine on use of force, and addressed the criticisms that had been levelled against police action on the night of the riot.
To the main criticism that they did not act early enough to quell the rising violence, Mr Ng stressed that the men on the front line had neither the right equipment nor training to deal with a riot. "It will, I think, be irresponsible for us to ask them to do so," he said.
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'PROUD AND GRATIFIED'
So I'm glad, and I'm also proud and gratified, that our officers that night all decided without exception that they do not have to resort to deadly force.
- Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee