Police commander Rupert Dover became known for his iron-fist tactics, after leading the operation against pro-democracy protesters on June 12, 2019 which was believed to have escalated the whole anti-extradition law movement.
Dover told Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post that he was “not certain he was the first to order the use of tear gas”. Recently found breaching the property laws, Dover denied being a “human rights abuser” nor doing “Beijing’s dirty work”.
One day before Dover’s interview was published, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui launched a civil lawsuit, urging the court to compel the police to reveal the tear gas component.
From June 2019 to May 2020, the Hong Kong police fired at least 16,223 rounds of tear gas, 10,108 rubber bullets, 1,885 sponge grenades, 2,033 beanbag rounds and 19 live bullets at civilians.
Source: RTHK; SCMP