Date: Jul 17, 2019
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
A memorial whistle was blown yesterday for Railway Police Bureau officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰),who was stabbed to death on July 3, as the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced that conductors and station staff would be given self-defense courses, and that pepper spray would be given to conductors.
All trains departing at 11:40am — when the pallbearers at Lee’s funeral service in Chiayi were scheduled to lift up his casket — blew their whistles for about three seconds in a salute to the slain officer.
Lee was stabbed during a confrontation with a Ziqiang Express (自強號) passenger who had refused to pay the full fare, leading the train’s conductor to call the bureau for assistance.
The incident led the TRA to open a review of the safety equipment carried by its onboard personnel.