霍建强（Raymond Huo）律师曾任全国最大英文报《纽西兰先驱日报》文字记者，目前就职于具有百年历史的著名律师楼Hesketh Henry Lawyers。
Police sued over pepper-spraying
 A union campaigner who was pepper-sprayed during a protest is suing police, amid a public outcry against police who pepper-sprayed another man as he lay handcuffed on the ground.
 The campaigner filed the claim for damages, alleging he was assaulted and his rights were breached during a demonstration in Rotorua in January 2005. Police had laid chargers against him but the charges were dismissed in the Rotorua District Court in September 2005. Judge Weir said the police officer pepper-sprayed the campaigner \"because he was passively resisting, he was holding his arms out, turning and twisting and it was for that reason alone he pepper-sprayed him\".
 The pepper spray rules provide that police may use spray to defend themselves or others if they fear physical injury and they cannot reasonably arrest an offender. Unless authorised by the district commander, police are not supposed to use pepper spray during demonstrations. And spray must not be used against people who are offering passive resistance.
 However, early in May, a Henderson man was sprayed as he lay on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back. Another police officer was standing beside him, watching. The incident was caught on camera by TV3.
 Police were allegedly trying to portray the West Auckland spraying as an isolated incident. But The New Zealand Herald reveals that the debilitating spray was used 2000 times in 2005.
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