Hong Kong – It is reported that the Hong Kong Police Force is considering introducing tasers. Civil Rights Observer releases desktop research findings on human rights issues related to the use of tasers, including bodily harm that tasers can inflict, usage guidelines, and cases of abuse in other jurisdictions.
“Since June 2019, the Hong Kong Police Force has been repeatedly suspected of using excessive and unlawful force in the anti-extradition bill protests or related activities. No police officer has been demoted, fired or prosecuted, showing that the current mechanism fails to hold the police accountable. The police also refuses to publish their guidelines on the use of force and firearms. If tasers are introduced, the police may tend to use tasers instead of weapons that are less harmful, which will in turn increase in overall level of force used,” said Spokespersons Icarus Wong and Andrew Shum.
Full research report available at: https://bit.ly/30aaFyu