police action


Definition of police action

: a localized military action undertaken without formal declaration of war by regular armed forces against persons held to be violators of international peace and order

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However, demonstrations have continued and now include demands for full democracy and an inquiry into police actions during the protests. Ben Morse, CNN, "Hong Kong Tennis Open postponed amid ongoing protests," 13 Sep. 2019 Fearing that the government could still bring back the bill, and angry over scenes of police beating unresisting protesters, two million people took to the streets to demand its full withdrawal and an inquiry into police actions. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The hated extradition bill will finally be gone but Hong Kong’s protests will keep going," 4 Sep. 2019 The demonstrators, who have filled parks and streets regularly since early June, want democratic reforms to Hong Kong's government and an independent inquiry into police actions against protesters. Edmund Demarche | Fox News, Fox News, "Hong Kong's Lam says she 'never tendered a resignation' amid leaked audio that she would 'quit' if she could," 3 Sep. 2019 When someone in Wisconsin dies as the result of police action — or, interestingly, inaction — the state requires investigation by an independent agency. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: De’Von Bailey’s family shouldn’t have to request a truly independent investigation," 13 Aug. 2019 In addition to calling for the full withdrawal of an extradition bill, the protesters now want the government to set up an independent commission to investigate police actions, among other demands. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "1,000 canisters of tear gas and 160 rubber bullets: Hong Kong’s summer of dissent, by the numbers," 5 Aug. 2019 Along with Lam’s resignation, protesters have demanded an independent inquiry into police actions and violence by pro-Beijing gangs toward demonstrators, as well as the full withdrawal of the extradition bill. Washington Post, "Beijing throws support behind Hong Kong’s leader — and makes the protests her problem," 29 July 2019 Early on Monday, Jefferson police told residents to look out for heavy police action. David K. Li, NBC News, "Off-duty New Jersey police officer kills estranged wife, wounds her boyfriend," 15 July 2019 Three towing companies temporarily suspended after raids by the Mobile Police Department got no relief Tuesday from the Mobile City Council, which rejected their appeals of the police action. al.com, "Suspended Mobile towing companies get no relief," 23 July 2019

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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