Plainclothes officers without warrant cards broke into residential buildings with arrestee and ignore inquiries from security guards
According to PSHK, a digital media, in the afternoon of 1st April, a group of suspected plainclothes officers escorted a man masked with a black hood to Yuet Ching House of Kai Ching Estate and took the elevator without identifying themselves. Based on the footage, the plainclothes officers did not present their warrant cards when they left the building and refused to explain to the security guard on the identity of the detained person. Netizens doubt if the police were abusing their power.
The police responded Apple Daily that a man was arrested earlier for blackmailing and was escorted to a flat at Yuet Ching House of Kai Ching Estate for investigation. The police claim that the officers were possessing a court search warrant and presented their warrant cards clearly when they entered the building.
Police General Orders Chapter 20 Section 20-14:
- 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.
Police General Orders Chapter 44 Section 44-04:
A police officer shall not enter any premises for the purpose of a search unless he is legally empowered to do so, or has the consent of the owner or occupier of the premises. 2. A police officer, having entered any premises to conduct a search with the consent of the owner/occupier, shall forthwith leave the premises once the consent to enter has been withdrawn by the owner/occupier. Where such consent is given, the officer will record this fact in his official notebook and read the entry to the person or invite him to read it himself, and thereafter invite the person who gave the consent to sign his name next to the entry. If entry into the premises has been granted by the owner or occupier for the purpose of making general enquiries, and at the time of entry the officer does not intend to conduct a search and gather evidence, there is no need for the owner/occupier to sign the officer’s notebook entry.