London Chinatown met with local police to discuss a plan to start a focus group on policing. The first meeting is expected in September. CT Tang OBE, Chair of the London Chinatown Chinese Association explained that he hoped the regular meetings with the police will help to build trust and understanding.
Edmond Yeo, Chair of the Chinese Information and Advice Centre hopes that it will lead to real changes. The Chinese community wants to work with the law enforcement officers, and it is important that operations are carried out in a professional and respectful manner.
Chinatown was shut down completely to protest the discriminatory conduct of immigration and police officers during and following a raid by immigration officers on a restaurant on Thursday 5th July 2018, which resulted in a deaf Chinese woman being taken to the hospital. Since that incident, the Chinese community has been seeking dialogues with the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police to address their serious concerns.