Opposition leader Mark Golding says comments made by security minister on police reaction to criminals, problematic

Opposition leader Mark Golding says recent statements by the national security minister, about how police should react when confronted by gunmen is problematic, and can potentially endorse unlawful killing.

Last Thursday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said criminals who draw firearms at the police, should be prepared to deal with the consequences.

Speaking at a People’s National Party’s press conference on Saturday, Mr Golding said while it is lawful for police to defend themselves when under attack, it is not necessary to end someone’s life to arrest them.

He said there are circumstances when apprehending an individual can be done without the loss of life.

In referring to a recent poll on Dr Chang’s performance, Mr Golding said the security minister, in trying to be strident in his position, went too far with the statement.


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