Law Enforcement

PLA will not be used to deal with public disorder, says Hong Kong security minister

Police try to control protesters outside the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture at Kwun Tong on December 11 as Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attends the opening ceremony. Photo: Sam Tsang

There is no possibility that Hong Kong police will call in the People's Liberation Army to deal with public disorder, the security minister says. Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok was responding to a question in the Legislative Council on the circumstances in which the government would seek Beijing's intervention.

Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 9:24am 2 comments

Police explanation of deadly Fujian bus blaze questioned by sceptics

Police said Chen Shuizong, born in 1954, set light to the bus to 'vent personal grievances' and was among those who died. Photo: Xinhua

Soon after a fire on a crowded commuter bus killed 47 people and injured 34, authorities offered an explanation: One of the dead had written a suicide note, boarded the bus during the evening rush and set it ablaze.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:43am

Social order officers' violence hits home

A street hawker in Guizhou province was allegedly beaten to death by chengguan in 2011.

Stories about chengguan - officers employed by city urban administrative and law enforcement bureaus - beating up street vendors are nothing new, but when a video showing one in Yanan , Shaanxi , stamping on a vendor's head was circulated online last week, it sparked surprise and anger.

18 Jul 2013 - 2:59pm 1 comment

Tourists with stun guns caught unaware at airport

Seizures of stun guns at the airport have risen. Photo: Edward Wong

The number of people arrested for carrying electric stunning devices at Chek Lap Kok airport jumped more than sixfold in the first quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, according to police figures.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:14am

FBI investigates Los Angeles Swat unit over illegal gun trading

A Swat whistle-blower has allegedly been threatened over the issue.

Federal authorities opened the inquiry into the alleged gun sales in recent weeks after LAPD officials alerted them to possible gun violations, sources said.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Actress Amanda Bynes says policeman sexually assaulted her during arrest over marijuana

Amanda Bynes hides her face as she is led from court. Photo: AP

The 27-year-old former child star first alleged during her arraignment on Friday that police illegally entered her apartment after being called to her building. But in a Twitter message believed to be from the troubled actress posted Saturday, Bynes alleged that her arresting officer also sexually assaulted her.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Police attacked after female protester restrained by male officer

Leung Kwok-hung drags a mannequin of Leung Chun-ying into Legco after his protest. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Civil Human Rights Front has called on the police to make public their guidelines governing how male officers should physically handle female protesters, following remarks by secretary for security Lai Tung-kwok that police could decide the matter on a case by case basis.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 3 comments

Ombudsman chides Lands Department for lax attitude to pet columbarium

The Ombudsman has chastised the Lands Department for being lax in cracking down on an illegal pet funeral business. Photo: Reuters

The department did not consider the case "high priority" because there were no fire safety breaches, so it issued only warnings to the company over the years, Alan Lai Nin said.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

Policy on al fresco dining 'has no bite'

Illegal al fresco dining may cause street obstruction, noise and hygiene problems. Photo: SCMP

The watchdog, in an investigation, identified a list of problems in the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's enforcement policy.

10 May 2013 - 5:58am 2 comments

Beware the overzealous response to acts of terrorism

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

To follow the drama of the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers online through Twitter, Reddit, television news, police scanners and newspaper updates was to be inundated with an abundance of almost real-time information. Anyone with a computer and internet access could get a virtual view of events, blow by blow, and connect the dots, rightly or wrongly, along the way. To follow the tweets of Watertown eyewitnesses, in particular, was to be thrust into a front-row seat of a real-life movie of guns popping in the dark and bodies falling, police cars racing and bystanders mistakenly apprehended.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:03am

10 suspected milk formula smugglers arrested

Parallel tradings in infant milk formula are seen operating near Sheung Shui MTR station. Photo: Nora Tam

The continuing crackdown on cross-border baby formula traders has seen 10 people arrested in two days for allegedly smuggling 110 tins of milk powder, customs chiefs said.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Boat owners face stormy waters after enforcement of mooring rules

Vessels moored at Shum Wan Typhoon Shelter, where owners have been given two weeks to move oversized boats. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Marine Department has stepped up enforcement of rules regarding boat length and ownership of moorings. The crackdown means hundreds of boat owners could see their vessels left at the mercy of the typhoon season. 

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 1 comment

Give elderly offenders a chance

The merciful treatment of elderly offenders is not a sign of weakness, but a recognition that a more humane approach is in the wider interests of criminal justice. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Civic Exchange think tank reported last month that far more elderly people are getting into trouble with the police. Between 1991 and 2011, there was a sixfold increase in arrests of women over the age of 60, and a threefold increase in arrests of men of that age. This situation is alarming, and the criminal justice system must decide how best to respond.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am

Hong Kong busker Dave May has plenty of street cred

Dave May, a busker from Scotland, plays his fiddle at his familiar Central spot. He has been busking in Hong Kong for 17 years. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Since 1996, Dave May has been on the fiddle in Hong Kong - not that he's doing anything illegal. The Scotsman from Stenhousemuir has been a busker, or street performer, in the city for the past 17 years but has often encountered police orders to move along. On some occasions, the shooing isn't polite.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Actor Jackie Chan says it's time China got tough about upholding the law

Journalists mob Jackie Chan at the CPPCC. Photo: Reuters

Jackie Chan, whose outspoken comments have sparked several controversies, has reportedly urged Beijing to tighten law enforcement.

"We [Chinese] are too loose in law enforcement," the action film star told a panel meeting during a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Monday, according to an online report by pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po.

6 Mar 2013 - 6:14am 1 comment