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‘The Slap’ – Would Criminal Charges Have Been Filed if it Happened in Australia?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
It’s the slap that has the world talking, debating, asking questions: Staged or unstaged? Justified or unjustified? Chauvinism at play or a family man just protecting his loved-one? A comedian just doing his job or a weasel that crossed the...

Criminal Conviction Recorded Against Child Over Brutal Attack

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal has reversed a judge’s decision not to record a conviction after a 15-year old teenage girl who pleaded guilty to charges including take and detain with the intention of obtaining an advantage,...

Police Officer Charged Over Brutal Assault

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A police officer who approached a member of the public from behind and violently threw him to the ground, leaving him in a pool of blood and urine, has been charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault. The man...

When Can Police Use Pepper Spray in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey
An internal police investigation is now underway, following the death of a man pepper sprayed by New South Wales Police Officers.  Police have only issued a few details about the incident. Police attended an address in Wellington in the central...

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...
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