Piling criticism surrounds the South Korea police force following the improper responses to a couple of violent cases that resulted in critical injury and death.
According to critics, the law enforcement body failed to have people’s lives protected and they were unable to uphold safety under the present system. Thus, people are calling for a change in the crime response manual.
Included in the cases is a 35-year-old man identified only by his surname Kim. He allegedly stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend in a crime that transpired in the girl’s home in central Seoul Friday morning.
The suspect already threatened the girl that he would kill him and therefore placed the victim under police protection.
The victim alerted the police through a smartwatch they provided for an emergency. However, the police responded to an area located 500 meters away from her residence due to the technical failure in the system that determines the location. The victim signaled for the second time but the suspect already escaped. The victim, meanwhile, was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead.
Police arrested Kim the following day.
Another incident involves a woman who was stabbed by her neighbor in Incheon last Nov. 15. The stabbing was rooted in a conflict over noise.
During the stabbing, a female police officer was in the area. She, however, rushed to the first floor to “request for assistance” as a male police officer was there talking with the woman’s husband. The victim’s daughter also incurred stabbing injuries.
Officers are allowed by the present police guidelines to use tasers and police batons against suspects who threaten to harm civilians, but it was not followed in that incident.
“Police should never leave the scene at the moment of a crime; there is no possible justification for what had happened in the incident in Incheon. Two years ago, the manual was created to prevent this from happening following a previous incident, but a lack of training, experience, and most importantly, a work ethic by the officers resulted in this,” Criminal Justice professor at Soonchunhyang University, Oh Yoon-sung, told The Korea Times.
Cheong Wa Dae also said that President Moon Jae-in has criticized the police. He said the law enforcement’s top priority is to protect and save the citizens.
“This is not about whether it was a male or female officer, but about the basic attitude of officers at the scene,” Park Kyung-mee, presidential spokesman, told a media briefing.
“The President ordered the strengthening of relevant training and an improvement of systems to prevent a recurrence of such incidents.”