Last December, teenager Jiegendran Panir Selvam was detained under the Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance (EO) for alleged links with a gang of motorcycle thieves.
We are not talking about adult hardcore criminals. We are talking about young boys in their teens, gunned down by the police. I wonder what is the SOP of the police concerning shooting teenagers. Well, the common reason given is that they had no choice but to shoot to kill because the victims intended to cause them harm, by charging at them with machettes, etc. Since the police are well trained in the use of firearms, couldn't they at least shoot them in the legs to disable them instead of killing them? Adults are dying like flies falling from the wall e.g. Teoh Beng Hock, Altantuya, Kugan, etc. Are we now adding teenagers to the list? Let's see. Last week, a 15-year-old and his three friends were shot dead by police. Last month, an 18-year-old was fatally shot by the police, and a short while before that, 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah was gunned down.
So the question is, are our teenagers more criminally inclined? Are our teenagers becoming so violent that the police have to shoot to kill? Or should we examine the real problems that allegedly drive our teenagers to crime?
Maybe some experts, some where, can help answer the above questions before more young lives are snuffed out by the very people who are supposed to protect us?