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12 March, 2008

more power for power abusing NSW Police?

Police with excessive power

During last year's APEC, Government gave NSW Police unprecedented untouchable power. The bad news... it is likely to be permanent.

During APEC last year, Sydney was fenced up and virtually locked down for one person - Mr George W. Bush. Police gained special APEC powers to exclude people from entering city, police were also given extraordinary rights to search people with no reasons required. In plain words, police were allowed to use whatever force they like to whoever they want.

During yesterday's Parliament review of the APEC Meeting (Police Powers) Act 2007, the Police Minister, David Campbell, and the Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, both seem to have enjoyed such super-power, they love it. They said "declared area powers are appropriate for a more generalist crowd control situation and restricted area powers for those situations of high risk or threat as in the case of APEC".

Power greedy police. Shame on you!

Paula Bronstein being pushed to the ground by disgraceful police

For the record, the police on duty were required by law to wear name tags. During APEC, those untagged police with excessive power pushed the awards winning American photographer Paula Bronstein, smashing her camera lens and bruising on her neck and jaw. (news) Sadly on 18th September 2007, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione sided with police with an excuse - those name tags were dangerous. What a joke? Thanks to public outrage, he promised that in the future police will be wearing name tags.

during APEC, Police did not wear name tags

Civil liberty groups say the police report is a whitewash. I strongly agree.

NSW Premier promised that APEC Police Powers was a once-off thing. This could well be a lie.

news source:
Tough police powers outlive APEC (The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 2008)
7News - 12 March 2008

related blog entries:
disgraceful trigger-happy cop (23 November 2007)
abusing police power for personal revenge, disgraceful (27 September 2007)
Victoria Police refuses to apology (23 December 2004)

Posted by Antony on 12 March 2008 8:57 PM | newstalk

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I'm curious as to what "law" requires police to wear a name badge? If you can find it by all means quote it and provide information. It may be a police internal policy but it's by no means a 'law' that requires police to wear name or number badges. As long as they comply with LE(P&R) 2002 section 201, which has nothing to do with wearing identification plates etc.
Posted by Curious on 31 January 2009 10:58 PM.
Police Powers Legislation Amendment Act 2006, Section 201
Posted by heh on 29 March 2009 10:10 PM.
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