A family of four is accused by a self-proclaimed plainclothes policeman of violating the eight-person limit on Prohibition on Group Gathering Regulations, causing them shock and discomfort

A family of four was dragged outside “What The Pho” Vietnamese Restaurant on 3/F, Tuen Mun Town Plaza by self-proclaimed plainclothes police officers who did not show their warrant cards at first. Later the plainclothes police officers immediately pulled up a cordon and claimed that the four of them had violated the 8-person limit of the Prohibition on Group Gathering Regulation and asked to see their identity cards. One of the women said she felt uncomfortable being surrounded by too many plainclothes officers. In the end, the family of four was released without charge.。

Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations Part 1 Section 3:
(2) The offences against discipline are—
(j) making a statement which is false in a material particular in the course of his duty or in connexion with the discharge by the police force of any of its duties or functions;

Police General Orders Chapter 20 Section 20-14:
2. A police officer shall carry his warrant card on his person at all times provided his intended activities are compatible with its safe keeping. An officer in plain-clothes when dealing with members of the public and exercising his police powers, whether he is on or off duty, shall identify himself and produce his warrant card. At the scene of a crime, officers in plain-clothes shall wear their warrant cards in such a manner that they may be readily identified.

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