Defund the police? While U.S. tackles reform, Hong Kong is stuck in denial

There’s no such official reassessment in Hong Kong, where fury at police actions last year toward mostly peaceful pro-democracy protesters was made worse by the authorities’ refusal to acknowledge transgressions by police. As protesters became angrier and the clashes more violent, Hong Kong’s government gave full backing for riot officers to carry on, cheered on by state media that labeled the dissenters terrorists. The police unleashed 16,000 rounds of tear gas, 9,000 arrests, plus…

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