Frustrated criesA10-year-old girl from elementary school almost got kidnapped at an apartment in Goyang City, Gyeonggi.
Fortunately, she screamed for help and neighbors managed to save her. The suspect fled after an adult resident intervened.
Police officers apparently thought the incident was little more than a “simple outrage on a girl.”
Yet they saw CCTV footage of the suspect ed attacker beating and threatening the girl with a knife inside the elevator of an apartment building. What is the general public to make of this case? Should we quit thinking that the authorities will take all necessary measures to protect us?
The people living in this country have been highly critical of the police’s handling of this case.
This incident once again highlighted chronic problems that have weakened the police force in the past, such as failure to discharge duties properly and unprofessional responses at the start of an investigation.
A criminal used violence against a young girl with a deadly weapon. A child resisted, screaming for help, but the police didn’t take any action for three days.
After the girl’s parents posted pamphlets on the walls of the apartment building, the police began a belated investigation.
But what were the police thinking? Why the delay? What kind of crime do they think they should be investigating?
The police agency announced comprehensive measures against crimes on Feb. 26, but despite this, the future for law enforcement in this country still looks gloomy.
In any case, these plans will take considerable time to implement.
Since the police are not keen to self-reflect, it is unlikely that much will be learned from this episode.
The foremost task facing the police has always been to protect people and their property. The police are required to invest their strengths in tackling problems concerning public welfare as a way to prevent crimes against women and children.
We strongly believe that police officials should spare no effort to reflect on their work and their actions, especially in this case.
We appreciate that President Lee has rebuked the police officers involved in this case on two separate occasions, even though more than a month has passed since his inauguration.
He is fully justified to feel frustrated, as are we.