Man in black instantly released from riot police’s search after claiming himself as a “colleague”

Late at night on 9th February, PTU officers conducted searches on teenagers, first-aiders, and reporters on Tong Chun Street. A masked person in black who was pushing a trolley responded “Fellow officer, colleague!” to the riot police when they inquired him, who was instantly relieved from being searched.

Police General Orders Chapter 20 No. 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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