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What is False Imprisonment in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A false imprisonment occurs where a person is detained in contravention of the law. It can happen where police officers exercise an unlawful arrest; in other words; arrest a person in the absence of a warrant and without complying with...

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...

The Offence of Using a Phone or Internet Service to Make a Threat in Australia

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A controversial plan to build a restaurant and bar on the sand at Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach has attracted it’s fair share of criticism since the plan was first revealed last year. New South Wales Planning Minister Rob Stokes has...

‘Litany of Errors’ Enabled Man to Kill His Children, Coroner Finds

by Sonia Hickey
‘Systemic failures’ by the NSW Police, the Family Court System and the Firearms Registry cost two teenagers their lives in 2018 – deaths that the NSW Coroner has found were entirely ‘preventable.’ Jack Edwards aged 15, and his sister Jennifer,...

Domestic Violence Workers Plead for Adequate Funding

by Sonia Hickey
Frontline and support workers are pleading for government to provide sufficient funding for domestic violence services, after reporting the ‘worst year on record’ for family violence. Around the globe, domestic violence cases spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns last year...

Civil Liberties Advocates Call for End to Police Investigating Police

by Paul Gregoire
The various Australian state, territory and federal police agencies investigating their own has long been understood to be problematic. NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge last year exposed NSW police as having paid out over $24 million in relation to police...

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...

NSW Police Officers Caught on Camera Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy

by Paul Gregoire
NSW police has – yet again – been caught on camera phone footage administering rough justice. This time the incident involves undercover officers in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta meting out a bit of physical punishment on a First Nations...
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