Pepper spraying on unarmed people in the downtown area
On 10th May, 2020, a group of police officers operated at Tung Choi Street in Mongkok. A police officer accused a couple of standing on the pavement and speaking foul language. In the video, the couple did not move or make any noise, just stood and looked at the officer. But suddenly, the officers shot pepper spray at the couple at close range and the couple left in pain.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 212 Offences against the Person Ordinance Section 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.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations Part I Section 3:
(2) The offences against discipline are—
(k) unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority resulting in loss or injury to any other person or to the Government;
Police General Orders Section 29-02: Pepper spray should only be used when the subject has substantial movement to resist the control of a police officer and his actions may cause injury to himself or others.
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