Police Brutality

Chinese State Media Urges Hong Kong Police to ‘Shoot Down the Rioters’

Communist Chinese media on Tuesday praised the Hong Kong police for their “restraint” in dealing with “radical protesters” – even though the island is currently boiling with outrage over the death of a student and the caught-on-video shooting of a protester –  and urged police to “shoot down the rioters,” with assistance from the People’s Liberation Army if necessary.

Riot police secure a road in the Central district of Hong Kong on November 11, 2019. - A police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire November 11 during one of the most violent days of clashes in …

Hong Kong Police Shoot Protesters at Close Range

Hong Kong police fired both tear gas and live rounds at protesters on Monday. One of the protesters was hit in the chest or abdomen by a live bullet fired at point-blank range by a uniformed police officer, resulting in immediate public outrage and even more energetic protests.

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Hundreds Swarm Hong Kong Court to Support Protesters Accused of Rioting

A Hong Kong courtroom on Tuesday was packed with hundreds of supporters of three young protesters accused of rioting and assaulting police officers. The crowd outside the courtroom chanted “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong, while many seated in the public gallery wore the type of face masks favored by protesters.

Riot police stand guard inside a train station in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. - Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos …

Hong Kong Protesters Gather Outside Police Stations After Extradition Bill Victory

Protesters gathered outside Hong Kong police stations on Wednesday after chief executive Carrie Lam announced the permanent withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill that kicked off the largest demonstrations the semi-autonomous city has ever seen. The demonstrators seemed determined to signal their movement will not disperse now that the first of their five core demands has been met.

Riot police protect a police station from protesters at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, 2019, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. - Hong Kong riot police on August 24, …

Hong Kong Protesters Hold #MeToo Rally Against Police Sexual Abuse

The Hong Kong protest movement held a rally on Wednesday dedicated to protesting alleged sexual assaults on pro-democracy demonstrators by police officers. Organizers modeled the event after the #MeToo movement, while participants came up with their own hashtag, #ProtestToo, and began writing it on their arms with lipstick. 

People take part in a #MeToo rally in Hong Kong on August 28, 2019, to protest alleged sexual assaults by police against anti-government female protesters. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images)

Carrie Lam Threatens to Pass Laws to Silence Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday insisted the police have responded appropriately to violent behavior by protesters and vowed to “stamp out that violence through law enforcement actions,” although she added she was willing to talk with peaceable protest leaders.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks at a press conference in Hong Kong on August 27, 2019. - Protests in Hong Kong were sparked by broad opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, but has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the …