Category: Offensive Language / Conduct

Precious Police Officer Arrests Heckler


Video footage has been published of detective inspector Winston Woodward giving a press conference outside Albury police station when an apparently intoxicated man walks from across the street with a beer in his hand and yells “bullshit”. The seasoned officer is so incensed by the taunt that he walks away from the cameras, confronts the man and ...

The Cop Who Helped Reduce Street Crime


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Rather than employing heavy-handed tactics and a punitive approach when dealing with anti-social teens, police in the Western Sydney suburb of Blacktown have been tackling youth crime a different way. And the results speak for themselves. When police superintendent Mark Wright first took up his post in Blacktown many ...

Judge Tells Defendant “You’re a bit of a c**t yourself”


Judges are meant to have thick-skins, and are frequently disrespected by defendants who cannot contain their anger or feel they have nothing more to lose. But one judge stunned Chelmsford Crown Court in the UK by giving as good as she got. Judge Patricia Lynch QC had just sentenced 50-year old John Hennigan to 18 ...

Pressure Becoming Too Much for Wicked Campers


The Queensland Government plans to take sexist, misogynistic and other inappropriate messages off the road following talks between Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, the Department of Transport and Advertising Standards Bureau. The outcome of the talks is to get Wicked campervans, and other vehicles displaying offensive messages, off the road until the crass slogans are removed. “Under ...

Brexit Vote Leads to Surge in Hate Crimes


Since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, police in London have made 75% more arrests for hate crimes. In weeks before and after the vote, the number of reported hate crimes has surged by 42 per cent – with 3076 incidents in the fortnight from June 16, an increase of 915 offences on the ...

Islamic College Targeted by Hate Criminals


In the latest of several recent anti-Islamic crimes, a four-wheel drive has been firebombed and racist graffiti sprayed at the Australian Islamic College in WA, while hundreds prayed at a nearby Mosque. The attack has led to calls for greater police efforts to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of hate crimes, and the extension of anti-discrimination ...

Push to Ban Wicked Campers


Two NSW local governments are pushing to ban ‘Wicked Campers’ from their roads, claiming the graffiti-style slogans are overly offensive. The campers have caused quite a stir in recent years, displaying provocative phrases like: ‘Fat girls are easier to kidnap’, ‘To all virgins, thanks for nothing’, ‘Ya mums on top of my things to do list’, ...

Fu@#en Hell! … Can I be fined for swearing?


Police have an enormous amount of discretion when it comes to fining or sending people to court for swearing – as long as: the language would be considered offensive by a ‘reasonable person’, is uttered in a public place (including the footy or even at the pub) or in or near a school, and you have ...

What You Shouldn’t Do in a Public Place


The silly season is upon us – and for most of us, the holiday period is marked by festivities and celebrations with family and friends. It is an especially busy period for police across Australia, who will charge thousands of people with a range of criminal offences – the most common of which are likely ...

Anti-Islam Rally a Fizzer


Last weekend marked the 10th anniversary of the Cronulla Riots – an incident which involved “a drug- and alcohol-fuelled group of approximately 5,000 mostly young people, draped in Australian flags, gather[ing] at Cronulla Beach and carr[ying] out vicious assaults on anyone of Middle Eastern appearance”, including women and children on public transport after the event. ...