Uniformed police officers verbally abuse and stop citizens who are reading postings on the street, threaten to “drag you into San Uk Ling”

On 17th April 2020, at around 3 pm, several men posted a poster on the bulletin board of the District Office (i.e. the Lennon Wall in Kwun Tong) at Tung Yan Street, Kwun Tong near MTR Station Exit A. The poster reads “The King of Viruses, Xi Jinping” painted by Rebel Pepper, a perverted pepper, mocking President Xi Jinping and the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. Suddenly, an Emergency Unit car pulled up to the scene and police officers got out of the car and rounded up the men. This action prompted a crowd of people to watch and take pictures with their cell phones. In the meantime, a police sergeant lost control and verbally abused the onlookers, much to the displeasure of the public. A large number of police officers arrived for reinforcements and brought a few onlookers to an area where they were being investigated. The sergeant was so aggressive that he provoked one of them by saying things like “Go fuck yourself”, “You nut”, “Cockroach”, “Look at me”, “Go to San Uk Ling”, etc.

A number of telecommunication salesmen discontented with the disgraceful conduct of the police came to show their support of the citizens and were stopped and checked by the police. Then several Emergency Unit cars arrived, and about 20 police officers were on alert at the scene. There was a tense atmosphere. At around 4 p.m., both the citizens under investigation and the man who posted the poster were taken back to the police station. The police at the scene covered the poster with black plastic bags and then left the scene.

Police later said that a report was received at about 3 pm that a poster had been put up on a wall at the junction of Tung Yan Street and Kwun Tong Road in Kwun Tong. The police arrived to stop and investigate a 29-year-old local man, surnamed Mak, suspected of having committed an offence under section 104A of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance which prohibits the unauthorized display of bills or posters, and issued him with a fixed penalty ticket.

Edith Leung, a Kwun Tong district councillor who followed up the case, said on the social networking site that she had contacted a team of lawyers to offer assistance and that the person arrested for posting the poster had been released at around 4pm but was fined $1,500.

Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 232A Police (Discipline) Regulations Part 1-3:
(c) conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline;
(j)making a statement which is false in a material particular in the course of his duty or in connexion with the discharge by the police force of any of its duties or functions;

Laws of Hong Kong Cap. 200 Crimes Ordinance Section 24:

Certain acts of intimidation prohibited

Any person who threatens any other person—
(a) with any injury to the person, reputation or property of such other person; or

with intent in any such case—
(i) to alarm the person so threatened or any other person; or
(ii) to cause the person so threatened or any other person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do; or
shall be guilty of an offence. (13 of 1920 s. 2 incorporated)

Police General Orders Chapter 44 Section 44-05:
2. Searches are to be conducted in as polite a manner as possible and with the preservation of the dignity of the subject of the search paramount.

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