Uncertainty and the Case of Police Constable 'Tiger' Tsui Po-Ko

Broadhurst, R, [n.d.]., Uncertainty and the Case of Police Constable 'Tiger' Tsui Po-Ko. Policing and Society, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2012 Last revised: 25 Apr 2013

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Roderic Broadhurst

Australian National University (ANU); ANU Cybercrime Observatory; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Date Written: October 30, 2012

Abstract

A rare open fire event in Hong Kong between police officers resulted in the death of two constables and sparked intense media interest about what caused the incident. At the request of the Hong Kong Police the author helped review the investigation of this intra-police homicide. After a coronial inquest two earlier homicides were also linked to the shooting and subsequently resolved. Through this unusual case this paper explores how efforts to reduce uncertainty helps clarify the limits of forensic and behavioural analysis. Uncertainty over motivations and the mental health of the main suspect led to psychiatric, psychological, behavioural profiling and criminological explanations of this complex event. Thus this case study allowed comparison of the discourses of these disciplines and how they differ in their management and interpretation of uncertainty. The paper concludes by advocating the explicit recognition of uncertainty as a means of advancing an investigation.

Keywords: homicide, Hong Kong, uncertainty, police shooting, Tsui Po-ko, criminal profiling, Coroner's Courts

Suggested Citation

Broadhurst, Roderic, Uncertainty and the Case of Police Constable 'Tiger' Tsui Po-Ko (October 30, 2012). Broadhurst, R, [n.d.]., Uncertainty and the Case of Police Constable 'Tiger' Tsui Po-Ko. Policing and Society, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2078584 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2078584

Roderic Broadhurst (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

ANU Cybercrime Observatory ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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