Police of the Monterey Park City in Los Angeles, California made several arrests during a flag ceremony celebrating the October 1st National Day of China. A group of protesters said they had applied and been granted protest outside the premier.
Witness said, an Asian looking man in black suits was pointing and picking people to be arrested by uniformed police officers. The man identified himself as a police officer. In at least one occasion, the man was seen taking out a pair of handcuffs and handed it to a uniformed police officer. The uniformed police officer then used that handcuffs to arrest a protester.
Witnesses noticed the man was wearing a belt which bears a insignia of Chinese police. The man covered his belt buckle, and fled from the scene when he saw people were taking pictures of his belt.
Protectors said they demand an apology from the police for interfering a peaceful protest which had been approved. Also, they want answers why local police was using handcuffs of the man in black suits to make arrests in the US.
According to California Penal Code Section 538d, any person other than one who by law is given the authority of a peace officer, who willfully ... inducing the belief that he or she is a peace officer, is guilty of a misdemeanor. There is no doubt the man in black suits already committed a crime. What is puzzling is the role of local police in enabling and facilitating this crime. How thoroughly has the local law enforcement force been infiltrated by the Chinese government?
Voice of America contacted the Monterey Park City police, but was not provided with a reply.