Table of contents:
- Fencing of rallies
- Autopsy of cars
- Cordoning off residential buildings
- The use of weapons during arrest
The government has prepared a bill that provides for the right of police officers to open cars, cordon off residential buildings and fence places where public events are held, a source in the State Duma apparatus told Interfax. The text of the document is at the disposal of the agency.
Amendments expanding police rights were approved by the government this week. They have not yet been submitted to the Duma.
Fencing of rallies
The authors of the bill proposed to give the police the right to “designate by accessible means, including visual,” the place of mass events and “to temporarily fence off the indicated places and objects”.
Autopsy of cars
It is proposed to supplement the law "on police" with a separate article on opening a vehicle.
It is assumed that the police will have the right to open cars to save the lives of citizens, to prevent crime, as well as "to ensure the safety of citizens or public safety in the event of riots and emergencies."
If the car is opened in the absence of the owner, he should be informed about this within 24 hours from the moment of opening.
"A police officer is not responsible for harm caused to citizens and organizations when opening a vehicle," if he acted lawfully, the amendments said.
Cordoning off residential buildings
The bill spelled out the right of the police to cordon off or blockade territories, residential buildings, buildings and other objects. Within the boundaries of the cordon, police officers have the right to conduct "personal inspection of citizens, things, objects, mechanisms, substances with them", as well as inspect vehicles.
If a citizen refuses to inspect or does not show the policeman his car and cargo, the police will have the right not to let him through the cordon, both inside and outside.
Current legislation gives the police the right to block areas of the terrain.
The use of weapons during arrest
The bill provides for the right of a police officer "with a naked firearm" to use it during arrest, if the persecuted person tries not only to touch the weapon, but also "to perform other actions that give grounds to regard them as a threat to attack a police officer."
Article 30 of the current law on police in the government was proposed to be supplemented with a provision stating that “a police officer is not subject to prosecution for actions committed in the performance of duties assigned to the police and in connection with the exercise of the rights granted to the police”.