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NSW Police Officer Charged With Assaulting First Nations Teenager

by Paul Gregoire
Eleven months after the fact, a NSW police officer was charged on Tuesday with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault, after he swept the legs of a 16-year-old First Nations boy out from under him in a Surry...

Not Guilty Verdict for NSW Police Officer Highlights Bias in Criminal Justice System

by Paul Gregoire
Abuse of power and the excessive use of force by police has increasingly come under the scrutiny of mainstream public discourse since the onset of the COVID-19 lockdowns saw law enforcement powers enhanced to administer pandemic restrictions. Images of Victoria...

NSW Police Officer Found Not Guilty of Assaulting Naked Teen

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The police officer charged with assault after striking a restrained, naked teenager 18 times with a baton has been found not guilty. Officer Michial Greenhalgh was charged following an inquiry by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) into the arrest...

NSW Police Officer Acquitted of Assault Charges After District Court Appeal

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A Police officer who was found guilty of assaulting an Indigenous man in custody has been acquitted of all charges after a District Court Appeal. Last year, NSW Wales Police Officer Iain James Murray was found guilty of two counts...

What is a Defended Hearing in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Australian actor Craig McLachlan has been found not guilty of 13 criminal charges, stemming from allegations made by four fellow cast members of The Rocky Horror Show. Mr McLachlan, probably best known for his television roles in Neighbours, Home and...

Calls to Ban NSW Police From Participating in Mardi Gras

by Paul Gregoire
A coalition of LGBTIQ groups, community members and supporters released an open letter on 21 October calling on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to reconsider the participation of NSW police and Corrective Services NSW, as a sign of...

Drunk Probationary Cop Assaults Terrified Woman While Waving Badge

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A 41-year old NSW police officer might have just had the shortest career ever with the state’s Police Force, after being caught on camera assaulting a woman and trying to arrest her while off duty, after a drunken night out....

NSW Police Officer Found Guilty of Common Assault

by Sonia Hickey
It’s difficult to believe that 30 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, we’re still hearing about the unacceptable treatment of Indigenous people at the hands of police. Disturbing Police bodycam and CCTV footage from Goulburn Police...

What is ‘Excessive Force’ During an Arrest in NSW?

by Jarryd Bartle
Many were shocked this week by the footage of Sydney University Law Professor Simon Rice being pushed to the ground whilst observing a student protest. Professor Rice was placed under arrest for violating COVID-19 restrictions, with many questioning both the...

Sexual Harassment Can Amount to Common Assault

by Sonia Hickey
We constantly hear that sexual harassment is rife in many Australian workplaces – the police force for example, and the legal profession too are just two professions that have hit media headlines in recent weeks because of allegations of harassment...
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