Tear Gas Erodes Hong Kong Police Force’s Hard-Won Reputation

October 2, 2014 4:42 PM

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As the sun set on a humid Sunday over thousands of protesters thronging downtown Hong Kong, police in helmets and gas masks lobbed the first of 87 tear-gas canisters, sending people racing to rinse out their burning eyes.

The live images on television on Sept. 28 -- the first use of tear gas since 2005 -- shocked a city used to peaceful rallies and brought out more protesters. The next day police pulled back from flash point areas, though they stayed on duty. By Sept. 30, four young officers grabbing dinner in Mong K...

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