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7 May, 2009

more powers for overpowered NSW Police?

A bad news for NSW citizens, and actually also a bad news for all visitors to NSW. According to yesterday's news, New South Wales Police will have new powers on disperse groups people slurring their words or being rowdy. The official excuse is to keep NSW safe from the drunks. (NSW police get new powers over drunks)

Want to have a few drinks with some friends and music on at the beach? Forget about it.

The powers will allow police to disperse groups of drunken and unruly individuals. Originally, police already have the powers to dismiss groups of people who are ‘seriously affected’ by alcohol or drugs. Now, there no need to be ‘seriously’ affected.

NSW Police Minister Tony Kelly said, “The difference between someone noticeably affected - they could have slurred speech for example - whereas seriously affected is a much higher threshold.”

Lawyer Phillip Gibbson said, “The one guarantee I can give you about more police powers is that they will be abused. The police will get it wrong.

In the past, there are numerous reports of police abusing powers, including Bouncer Tarek Nassr's case. The magistrate condemned the Police.

News source: NSW police get new powers over drunks (The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2009)

Here's the news clip from 7News:

More Police Powers
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Posted by Antony on 7 May 2009 10:04 PM | newstalk

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Do you really think a public beach is an appropriate place for having a party,drinking alcohol and playing loud annoying music?
What about my rights to expect peace and quiet and good behaviour?
As for the gallant officers of the NSW Police,leave them to their onerous tasks.
You may be thankful one day for their intervention on your behalf, when some Mac function gets out of hand and the bitch slapping begins!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 8 May 2009 5:08 PM.
You really don't know the danger of having too much power?
Remember the Border Security show? Australia is a free country, and it seems now gathering with a few friends enjoying some time in the beach is no longer permitted.
Posted by Antony on 8 May 2009 11:26 PM.
You always get the wrong end of the stick Antony.
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"....gathering with a few friends enjoying some time in the beach...."
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This is still permitted, just not anti-social, obnoxious behaviour!!!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 9 May 2009 2:15 PM.
No. But I know I am good at sensing the bits they don't want you to notice. The underneath truth/excuse.
Posted by Antony on 10 May 2009 1:01 PM.
Power corrupts. Granting people power over others is always dangerous. The police continually abuse their powers, and the case of Tarek Nassr is one of the most shocking examples. Not only did the police attack Mr Nassr for no good reason, but they then had the audacity to then charge Nassr with an offense. Had these cocky police officers not been caught by CCTV cameras they probably would have destroyed an innocent man's life. This is just one example where the police have been caught colluding and lying to get away with their deplorable behavior. Think of all the times where there are no cameras around to capture the truth, and police have got away with abusing people and then charging the victims of their abuse.
Posted by Dr Barker on 10 December 2009 12:44 PM.
Dr Barker below hits the nail on the head. Tarek Nassr's life was almost destroyed by the false arrest, false charges, and false conviction. He was not allowed to pass the cordon to go to work, and when he tried to explain, the police assumed he was drunk because he had a slight stammer. Poor fellow. But what is more shocking about his case is the collusion between police and high profile lawyers who pretend to work for their client but in reality are aiding and abetting the police. His first lawyer (Chris Murphy and his brother clerk Vince Murphy) put in a guilty plea without permission! What a double tragedy for the unfortunate individual. How can police gag together and tell lies to screw some poor innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? The judicial system is manipulated by the police together with some lawyers who play a cynical game at the expense of their client,
Posted by smokehaze on 10 November 2010 5:30 PM.
Dr Barker below hits the nail on the head. Tarek Nassr's life was almost destroyed by the false arrest, false charges, and false conviction. He was not allowed to pass the cordon to go to work, and when he tried to explain, the police assumed he was drunk because he had a slight stammer. Poor fellow. But what is more shocking about his case is the collusion between police and high profile lawyers who pretend to work for their client but in reality are aiding and abetting the police. His first lawyer (Chris Murphy and his brother clerk Vince Murphy) put in a guilty plea without permission! What a double tragedy for the unfortunate individual. How can police gag together and tell lies to screw some poor innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? The judicial system is manipulated by the police together with some lawyers who play a cynical game at the expense of their client,
Posted by smokehaze on 10 November 2010 5:32 PM.
Dr Barker below hits the nail on the head. Tarek Nassr's life was almost destroyed by the false arrest, false charges, and false conviction. He was not allowed to pass the cordon to go to work, and when he tried to explain, the police assumed he was drunk because he had a slight stammer. Poor fellow. But what is more shocking about his case is the collusion between police and high profile lawyers who pretend to work for their client but in reality are aiding and abetting the police. His first lawyer (Chris Murphy and his brother clerk Vince Murphy) put in a guilty plea without permission! What a double tragedy for the unfortunate individual. How can police gag together and tell lies to screw some poor innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? The judicial system is manipulated by the police together with some lawyers who play a cynical game at the expense of their client,
Posted by smokehaze on 10 November 2010 5:34 PM.
Dr Barker below hits the nail on the head. Tarek Nassr's life was almost destroyed by the false arrest, false charges, and false conviction. He was not allowed to pass the cordon to go to work, and when he tried to explain, the police assumed he was drunk because he had a slight stammer. Poor fellow. But what is more shocking about his case is the collusion between police and high profile lawyers who pretend to work for their client but in reality are aiding and abetting the police. His first lawyer (Chris Murphy and his brother clerk Vince Murphy) put in a guilty plea without permission! What a double tragedy for the unfortunate individual. How can police gag together and tell lies to screw some poor innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time? The judicial system is manipulated by the police together with some lawyers who play a cynical game at the expense of their client,
Posted by smokehaze on 10 November 2010 5:35 PM.
Dr Barker below hits the nail on the head. Tarek Nassr's life was almost destroyed by the false arrest, false charges, and false conviction. He was not allowed to pass the cordon to go to work, and when he tried to explain, the police assumed he was drunk because he had a slight stammer. Poor fellow. But what is more shocking about his case is the collusion between police and high profile lawyers who pretend to work for their client but in reality are aiding and abetting the police. His first lawyer (Chris Murphy and his brother clerk Vince Murphy) put in a guilty plea without permission! What a double tragedy!
Posted by smokehaze on 10 November 2010 5:36 PM.
oops. . .sorry readers. . . I was having trouble verifying that the comment had been accepted and kept trying. So we accidentally and inadvertently get these repeated identical comments. Apologies.
Posted by smokehaze on 11 November 2010 10:57 AM.
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