Category: Assault Police

Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Police Misconduct


By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey We have reported on several cases where taxpayers have been left to foot the bill for the misconduct of police officers, from the costs of legal representation to damages awards for police brutality and other forms of criminal conduct. Taxpayers across Australia are paying millions of dollars every year ...

Police Officer Guilty of Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Shocking CCTV footage from a police station in Victoria was the eventual undoing of senior constable Steven Repac. The officer has been found guilty over his treatment of Yvonne Berry while she was in custody overnight for public drunkenness. During her 16 hours at the Ballarat police station, Ms ...

NSW Police Are Illegally Strip-Searching Aboriginal Kids


It’s recently come to light that not only is the NSW Police Force doubling down on its use of strip-searches, but officers are also carrying out this invasive practice upon Aboriginal children as young as 11 years old. Aboriginal Legal Service Western NSW deputy principal solicitor Emily Winborne has outlined she’s aware of cases where First ...

Ambos Under Attack: Paramedics Twice as Likely as Police to be Assaulted


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim In the wake of a spate of violent attacks on paramedics and emergency service workers, the Health Services Union (HSU) is calling for frontline staff to be fitted with body cameras in an attempt to deter would-be offenders and capture incidents as they occur. Latest incident Paramedics were called ...

Citizens’ Group to Fight Police Corruption


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Many believe the culture of misconduct in the Queensland Police Force (QPS) is worse than ever before, even poorer than prior to the state’s 1987 Fitzgerald Inquiry into police corruption. Despite recommendations for better accountability mechanisms, police in Queensland – and indeed across Australia – have largely been left ...

NSW Police Force Ordered to Pay $124,000 over Brutal Arrest


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales taxpayers will once again foot the bill after an officer unlawfully and brutally arrested a 17-year old outside a bakery at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains. A District Court judge has ordered the government to pay the now 21-year old man $124,000 in compensation, after finding ...

NSW Police Officer May Face Criminal Charges Over Brutal Assault


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Byron Bay police officer who struck a naked teenager 18 times with his baton during a violent arrest could lose his job and potentially face assault charges over the incident. In his closing submission at the second of two hearings by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into ...

NSW Police Face Brutality Hearing over Brutal Assault of Naked Teen


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has called for a second public hearing into the brutal arrest of a naked sixteen year old boy in the Northern New South Wales town of Byron Bay. The Commission is investigating the use of excessive force during the arrest, which occurred in ...

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 ...

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 ...