mad cop assaults a cameraman from Apple Daily and shouts ‘black press!’
At 4p.m. of 5th January 2020, a large number of civilians gathered at Sheung Shui Garden No.1. There was no destructive action but a crowd of police tactical unit suddenly raided from all directions, forming a huge net. A woman in black was chased after by several riot police officers. A crew from Apple Daily was running to shoot the situation. An officer from Special Tactics Squad ‘CRT NTN DI O’ and an officer from police tactical unit beat the female reporter’s back with batons. The reporter asked them why did they assault her. ‘Go away!’ the officer yelled at her and called her ‘black press’. They kept waving their batons, causing her belongings to fall out from her backpack.
When the photojournalist from Apple Daily wanted to help tidying, he was pushed by the officer and led to minor abrasions on his knee. The police then expanded the blockades beyond 10 meters and yelled ‘Leave!’. Reporters can only observe the arrested distantly. A citizen shouted ‘They are reporters!’, ‘You will receive retribution!’. After that, one of the officers ask her provocatively to ‘come inside and discuss’.
Cap. 212 “Offences against the Person Ordinance” No.39：
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
Any person who is convicted of an assault occasioning actual bodily harm shall be guilty of an offence triable upon indictment, and shall be liable to imprisonment for 3 years.
Cap. 232A “Police (Discipline) Regulations” Part 1 No.3：
(2)The offences against discipline are—
(c)conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline;
(k)unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority resulting in loss or injury to any other person or to the Government;
“Police General Order” Chapter 39 No.39-05：
All officers at the scene of an incident shall:-
(a) facilitate the work of the news media as much as possible and accord media representatives consideration and courtesy; and
(b) not block camera lenses.
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