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Riot Athlon did not display the numbering officer on duty and claimed that it violated the Human Rights Law and the complaint mechanism was insufficient

2020-11-19T21:58:56.033Z

The police's special tactical team (commonly known as the Speed ​​Dragon team) and riot police officers did not display the police officers' number in the anti-revision demonstration. The HKMA and several members of the public believed that it was unconstitutional and filed for judicial review. High Court Judge Zhou Jia



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Written by: Zhu Dixin

2020-11-19 10:36

Last update date: 2020-11-19 11:00

The police's special tactical team (commonly known as the Speed ​​Dragon team) and riot police officers did not display the police officers' number in the anti-revision demonstration.

The HKMA and several members of the public believed that it was unconstitutional and filed for judicial review.

Judge Zhou Jiaming of the High Court heard the submissions in 5 cases earlier, and today (18th) handed down a verdict, ruling that the practice of not displaying the police number is a violation of the Human Rights Law. In addition, the judge also ruled that it is currently involved in complaints The complaint mechanisms of the Police Department and the Police Supervision Commission are not adequate.

Judge Zhou Jiaming said in his sentence that the police have the responsibility to establish an independent mechanism to effectively investigate police abuses. He also pointed out that the current mechanisms such as the Police Supervisory Commission and CAPO cannot effectively perform their duties.

The applicants in the five cases are the guardian member "Chen Bo" Chen Jiqiu, the general education teacher Yang Zijun, the "Cheung Chau Review King" Guo Zhuojian and Liang Songheng, the citizen Chen Gongxin, Lu Zhansi, Wu Kanglian, and the Journalist Association. The respondent is the Police Force long.

Senior Counsel Martin Li, representing Chen Jiqiu and Yang Zijun, stated earlier that the police suddenly changed the practice of displaying the police officer number, but did not disclose the reason for the change and who made the decision.

After ordering the new work clothes, the police found that there was no place where the police officer number was displayed. They believed that the police had adopted the new work clothes in 2017, and the anti-revision campaign only started in June last year. "Bottom" is irrelevant, and it is said that even when the participants in the beauty pageant are wearing Bikini, they can show their numbers.

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Senior Counsel Pan Xi, representing Chen Gongxin, Lu Zhansi, and Wu Kanglian, said that the three were violently treated by the riot police or the Speed ​​Dragon team in the anti-amendment incident, but the police officers involved did not display the police number, making it difficult for them. Hold accountable.

Pan Xi also pointed out that the practice of not displaying the serial number violated the Human Rights Law and mentioned that in November last year, the police temporarily suspended the guidelines on the display of police officer serial numbers and warrant cards in the General Police Regulations.

Senior Counsel Du Gankun, who represented the respondent, pointed out that there are existing methods for identifying special tactical squads and riot police, such as the latter displaying its "action call sign."

Du also pointed out that preventing police officers from being "crippled" is one of the considerations for anonymous duty. Even if the CAPO is subordinate to the police, it cannot be concluded that complaints directed to the CAPO will fail.

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