OPPOSITION RALLY: I work for the PRC, police officer tells rally protesters

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Sun, Oct 26, 2008 - Page 3

The director-general of the National Police Agency (NPA) Wang Cho-chiun (王卓鈞) yesterday apologized for the conduct of a female officer who told protesters that she works for “the People’s Republic of China.”

“What she said has damaged the police’s public image,” Wang said. “I would like to apologize on behalf of my fellow police and instruct her superior officers to come up with proper punishment for her.”

Wang made the remarks when asked by the press for comments on the incident, which took place earlier yesterday during the demonstration.

The female officer, surnamed Chou (周), belongs to Jen-ai Road Police Station of the Chungcheng First Precinct in Taipei City. Around 2pm, while on duty dispersing vendors who crowded around the Jing Fu Men (景福門) on Ketagalan Boulevard, she said in response to a protesters’ question about whether her boss is President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) that “my boss is the People’s Republic of China.”

Chou’s response irritated pan-green supporters, who surrounded her, demanding an apology.

The female officer apologized and then left the scene.

“We will find out what was wrong with her, but she will be punished for sure,” Wang said.