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
Date Written: October 30, 2012
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
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