Police Pepper Sprays Journalists

Hundreds responded to a call of rally from a group of pro-democracy Yuen Long District Councillors, against the government’s plan to set up a designated coronavirus clinic for the triage of suspected patients with fever.

At around 4pm, riot police dispersed journalists by pepper spray, including those who were wearing vests printed ‘RTHK’ and from The Stand News. A nearby officer was also suspected to be sprayed, closed his eyes to avoid the chemicals.

Ming, an RTHK reporter who was recounting the scene, said riot police pushed the cordon quickly along the light rail line, ordered bystanders to leave and even pepper sprayed those who did not resist, including a District Councillor going along with the crowd. The officer who pepper sprayed journalists said,’You (journalists) are recklessly reporting, messing Hong Kong up.’

Cap. 212 Offences against the Person Ordinance
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.
(Replaced 24 of 1950 Schedule. Amended 50 of 1991 s. 4)
[cf. 1861 c. 100 s. 4 U.K.]

Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations
3.Disciplinary offences
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 Order Ch39
39-05 Working with Media Representatives
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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