Category: Assault Charges

Police Officer Stood Down for Mowing Down Pedestrian


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A senior police officer has been stood down after running down an 18-year old with a police car on a suburban street. The incident occurred in Thornleigh in Western Australia and there is currently an internal investigation underway into the officer’s actions, but footage taken by a passer-by clearly ...

The Law on Assaulting Police


It’s a common scenario, known in the legal profession as ‘the trifecta of charges’: An individual is using offensive language in a public place. They are confronted by police who act in an overbearing and aggressive manner. The situation escalates and the individual is arrested in a heavy-handed manner, experiencing significant discomfort or even unnecessary ...

Watchdog Will Refer Finding of Serious Police Misconduct to Parliament


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim An independent commission has been shown footage of several Byron Bay police officers pinning down a naked, 16-year old boy and repeatedly hitting him with a baton. The Chief Commissioner of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) said one of the officers engaged in “serious misconduct” by forcefully striking ...

Victorian Police Assault Disabled Pensioner


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Six Victorian police officers caught on CCTV camera assaulting a disabled pensioner and dousing him with capsicum spray may be suspended while the incident is being investigated. Victoria Police has released a statement advising the matter has been referred to the state’s Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC), and assuring ...

Killer Cop Charged with Murder


The police officer who shot and killed unarmed Australian woman Justine Damond last July has turned himself in to authorities. Ms Damond was wearing her pyjamas the night she was shot dead by US police officer Mohamed Noor from the passenger seat of his patrol car. Investigation The killing prompted an eight-month investigation and, while ...

More Police in Byron Bay to Get Body Cameras


After two recent incidents filmed and uploaded to social media showing police officers using heavy-handed tactics on members of the public, more officers in Byron Bay will be fitted with body cameras. The process of issuing the cameras is being fast-tracked to the far north NSW coast town, where police recently came under fire for ...

The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim What happens to pets during a domestic violence crisis? Anna Ludvik is someone who can relate numerous heart-wrenching stories about neglect, abuse and the high price of needing to stay with a beloved four legged family member. From pets tormented and tortured by abusive partners, to women who stay ...

Should Businesses Contribute to Legal Aid Funding?


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim Unlike in the United States, there is no general right in Australia to a defence lawyer for those who cannot afford it. In fact each year, tens of thousands of people across the country find themselves in the ‘justice gap’ – where they cannot afford private legal representation but ...

Hazing Alive and Well in Australia


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Being encouraged to ejaculate into the shampoo bottles of females students, lighting pubic hair on fire, posting photos of the underwear of sexual ‘conquests’, and dangerous binge drinking are just some of the rituals outlined in the 211-page Red Zone Report into Australian universities, which is the product of an ...

Bully Cop at it Again


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Controversial police officer ‘Raptor 13’ has once again been accused of acting inappropriately by harassing and bullying members of the public, resulting in a petition which calls for a public inquiry into his conduct. The senior constable, whose real name is Andrew Murphy, was recently caught on camera aggressively ...