Special Tactics Squad minibus rushes into the crowd at high speed, police take subdued citizens to a back alley
The “Sing with You” event was held earlier on May 10 in various districts, and a series of indiscriminate arrests by the police continued to occur in Mongkok after midnight.
At around 9:20 p.m., the police car suddenly turned into the crowded Shantung Street of Mongkok and crashed through the barricade, followed by a large number of Special Tactics Squad and riot police. Before the riot police landed on the ground, two men in black suspected to be plainclothes police officers had already grabbed the necks and sat on the necks of subdued people. They subsequently took out their retractable batons and waved them, threatening reporters not to approach. The reporter said that four people were arrested.
After the riot police arrived for support, plainclothes police continued to subdue the fleeing citizens. The riot police pulled three people wearing reflective suits and holding live broadcast equipment, believed to be reporters and the subdued citizens into the alleyway of Shantung Street and Fa Yuen Street for search.
These suspected plainclothes police officers were armed with batons, wearing masks and did not display warrants cards.
Riot police kept pushing and shoving reporters at the scene, and there were even suspicions that an out-of-control riot officer had attacked the reporter. Some reporters immediately complained to the Media Liaison Team, but the team completely ignored them. The riot police involved disappeared into the team under the cover of other police officers.
Subsequently, the police ordered the reporters to move backwards. The reporters said that the crowding was very likely to cause “people to step on people”, but the police did not take any notice of it and even held up pepper spray to threaten the public and the reporters, totally disregarding the safety of those present. And such out-of-control behavior is just the tip of the iceberg tonight.
Police General Orders Chapter 20 Section 20-03:
Without prejudicing operational efficiency, officers exercising statutory powers should disclose adequate personal information to identify themselves upon request. Officers should disclose the following minimum information after a request to identify themselves:-
— PC, SGT, Traffic Warden and
Senior Traffic Warden: Rank and UI number
— SSGT and above: Rank and surname
Police General Orders Chapter 20 Section 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.
Related event: 0510 Sing With You Hong Kong