Category: Assault Police

Are the Boys in Blue Really There to Protect You?


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim There’s a popular perception in mainstream society that the institution of the police was created to protect and serve the interests of the general population, and that officers on the beat are there to prevent crime and promote the interests of justice. Indeed, many believe that police have always been a ...

NYE Bashing of Two Asylum Seekers on Manus Island


Two Iranian asylum seekers were beaten by up to 10 Papua New Guinea (PNG) police and immigration officers on New Year’s Eve. The pair were then taken to the Lorengau police station on Manus Island, where they were held in custody for 36 hours with no access to food, water or medical attention. The Refugee Action ...

Former police officer accuses force of failing to investigate police brutality


Former police officer Paul Gibbons is taking matters into his own hands after his complaints of police brutality fell on deaf ears. Mr Gibbons was arrested and manhandled by Gold Coast Police in the lobby of an apartment building where he was staying with his wife while on holiday on the Gold Coast in June. ...

Fire Fighters Targeted by Thieves While Putting Their Lives at Risk


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim. Mangoola Rural Fire Brigade worked tirelessly last week to protect the Hunter Community from several large blazes. The volunteers selflessly put themselves between raging fires and property in an attempt to keep people, livestock and homes out of harm’s way. Despite their brave work, firies returned from their campaign ...

Once Again, Police Are Investigating Allegations of Police Brutality


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Officers from the NSW Police Standards Command (PSC) are currently investigating two incidents, where NSW police officers allegedly used excessive force in the south-eastern NSW region of Queanbeyan. A call came through to Monaro police station on the evening of December 21, 2013, reporting that a violent home invasion ...

Homophobia Rife Within the NSW Police Force


Reports have emerged of rampant homophobia within the NSW Police Force, signified by the targeting, bullying, harassment and belittling of homosexual employees. Former Senior Constable, Christian McDonald, and three serving officers, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego and Steven Rapisarda are taking the NSW Police Force to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) and the NSW ...

“Fragile” Police Officer Avoids Prosecution After Bashing Homeless Men


Last week, the South Australian Police Ombudsman called for Constable Matthew Schwarz’s police powers to be revoked in the interests of public safety. The recommendation was made in a report about the officer’s conduct during a violent assault on 5 December 2012, where he repeatedly struck two homeless men with a baton in Whitmore Square, ...

Case Thrown Out Due to Illegal Arrest


As previously discussed, courts have the power under section 138 of the Evidence Act 1995 to exclude evidence obtained by police officers in the course of an unlawful arrest. The case of R v William John Bennett (2015) is an example of police being denied the ability to use evidence where they acted illegally. Facts ...

Suing Police for Assault, False Imprisonment or Malicious Prosecution


Where police act outside their powers, it may be possible to bring civil proceedings for damages arising from assault, false imprisonment or malicious prosecution. In these types of cases, it is often helpful – although not always necessary – for evidence to be ventilated during criminal proceedings for which the defendant was ultimately acquitted and ...

DPP Presses Charges Against Police for Assault and Cover-Up


Two Melbourne police officers have been charged with ‘attempting to pervert the course of justice’ in a ruling by the Victorian Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The ruling by the DPP overturns a decision by the Victorian Police Force’s internal watchdog, the Professional Standards Command (PSC). The PSC, which is headed by ...