“Bald sergeant” pose with supporters at Support Article 23 Event, violating police general political neutrality and pose with fugitive from assault

On 15th March, 2020, pro-China groups and legislator Julian Ho Kwan-yiu launched a signature drive in various districts to “lure” elderly people with hand sanitisers to sign, in support of Article 23 of the Basic Law. Among them, the police are even suspected to have deployed security guards at various places.

In Tai Po Market, “bald sergeant” Lau Cha-kei was in full armour and posed for photos with police supporters, suspected of violating the Police General Orders’ requirement of political neutrality. Some netizens even found that one of the men in the photo was involved in injuring an old man who stopped him from “tearing up the paper” in the Lennon Tunnel in Tai Po on the night of 11th July last year, causing the man fracturing his arm, and the police did not arrest anyone at the time, which is also suspected of selective enforcement.

Article 6-01(34) in Chapter 6 of Police General Orders
34. A police officer shall at all times abstain from any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his/her duties, or which is likely to give rise to the impression amongst members of the public that it may so interfere. In particular, a police officer shall not participate in political activities as defined at the head of this Chapter,

According to Chapter 6 (Conduct and Discipline) of Police General Orders, ‘Political Activities’ include, for example: (only the first two are listed in this article) (a) lending support to, or participation in political activities of a political organisation; (b) speaking publicly, including to the media, on matters of a political nature other than in the course of official duties;

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