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It took 5 policeman to arrest a child in his school?

In Public Administration on 28/05/2018 at 10:54 am

This brought back unhappy, angry memories

How many police officers does it take to arrest someone? This was a question asked when two videos of a group of people fighting last year resurfaced last month and went viral.

In them, around six police officers could be seen trying to defuse the situation, prompting netizens to question why so many were needed, and why they could not just use a taser and be done with it.

Amid such comments, the police invited some reporters to the Home Team Academy last week for a half-day boot camp to experience firsthand the challenges and decisions officers faced in such situations.

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/arresting-someone-not-easy-it-seems

The above puff piece from the constructive, nation-building media over the weekend reminded me about Benjamin Lim’s arrest and suicide in 2016. This FB comment says it all:

Shan said a lot but answered none of the most obvious and vexatious questions. The procedures/protocol he took pains to spell out told us nothing about what took place. He made it sound like a routine walk in the park by the policemen. The fact that they thought fit to send FIVE grown up policemen to ‘fetch’ a 14-year old from school revealed a lot about the mentality of the police. DON’T FORGET THAT BY THEN THEY HAVE ALREADY VIEWED THE HDB CCTV CLIPS AND KNEW EXACTLY WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW BENJAMIN LIM LOOKED LIKE. SO ANY SUGGESTION THAT THE POLICE HAS TO ‘INVADE’ THE SCHOOL IN FORCE IN CASE OF AN AGGRESSIVE BENJAMIN WILL BE PURE BS. Even from the pictures on social media we can see how average and geeky the student looked like. It is not as if Benjamin Lim had a punk hairstyle (i.e. bald headed) and had tattoo on his arm and legs!!!

Minister Shan tried to play down the ‘number’ game when he said only one policeman had accompanied Benjamin to the AMK police station. I am unconvinced and would rebut this by pointing out that at least three of them could had easily left earlier in one of the two unmarked police cars that they drove to the school in without waiting for the officer questioning Benjamin in the principal office. Why were they idling in the school’s premises, unless they were there to pre-empt the student from making a possible run for it! This says quite a lot about the kiasuness of the police or perhaps it exposed their lack of confidence or competence. God knows what sort of internal police guidelines they have to comply with which perhaps could have been issued after a couple of past cases where adult prisoners had escaped from custody! This raises questions about the competency of at least some of our policemen or their (kiasu) superiors.

The silence of Sham

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  1. If this is the same video I saw, can see some of the police officers were telling bystanders to give their NRICs.

    • Got gd reason. To be able to call up witnesses for interviews about what happened. U know S’poreans, otherwise no bother.

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