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Police Leaked Email Addresses of Central Station Pepper Spray Victims

More than 150 people have had their personal email addresses leaked after complaining about the use of capsicum spray against protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney. The protesters were kettled into Central Station were they were pepper-sprayed by NSW Police officers. Last week, writer and artist Samuel Leighton-Dore tweeted that an officer …

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Emails from Central Station Protesters leaked in data breach

Internal Police Investigation Clears Officers Over Violent Arrest

The South Australian Police (SAPOL) have cleared a Port Adelaide officer over a violent arrest of an Indigenous man. Not only have they cleared the officer, but they have also reinstated the original charges of the man. Noel Henry has been re-charged with hindering police, resisting police and property damage. The 28-year-old man was riding …

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“We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice” – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

The majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are thriving. They’re growing up in strong cultures with large support networks. However, a large number will continue to face challenges stemming from colonisation and its effects. Poverty, discrimination, systemic removal and intergenerational trauma continue to greatly affect these children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children …

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Reform Needed for “Grossly Unfair” Drug Driving Laws

Lismore Magistrate David Heilpern stood down from his position earlier this year citing unethical drug driving laws. Mr Heilpern stated that the laws were so “grossly unfair” that he could no longer apply them. “[T]he vast majority of people who are brought before the courts on this charge, are not affected [by the drug],” he …

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“I Can’t Breathe”: Prominent Criminal Barrister calls for charges in relation to the death of David Dungay Jnr

Prominent criminal barrister Phillip Boulten SC has called for charges to be laid on the prison guards involved in the death of David Dungay Jr. In 18-page advice, Mr Boulten SC outlined the grounds on which officers involved should be charged. “I have concluded that, in addition to evidence demonstrating that these officers assaulted the …

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Attorneys-General failing Indigenous children with inaction

On Monday, the Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) avoided raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. The decision to defer the conversation for another 12 months shows a blatant lack of interest in the welfare of Indigenous children. “We don’t lack solutions, our politicians lack political will,” stated Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) CEO …

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Last-Minute Justice: Insight from the Lawyers of the Black Lives Matter Protest Case 

Our lawyers behind the scenes on the Black Lives Matter Protest Case It was late on the afternoon of 6 June, when the NSW Court of Appeal was convened to hear an urgent appeal concerning the legality of planned Black Lives Matter protests.  Lawyers from O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors, who represented protest organisers in …

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Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face

NSW Police Officer Tasers Compliant Aboriginal Man in the Face in Paddington Footage has emerged of police brutality with a NSW Police Officer discharging his taser into the face of Kris Lovelock, a 32-year-old Aboriginal man who was kneeling on the ground with his palms outstretched in compliance. The footage shows the man obeying Police …

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FAQ: Can I lawfully record the actions of a Police Officer on video or audio?

We are frequently asked whether it is lawful for members of the public to make audio or visual recordings of Police Officers. The answer, in simple terms, is yes. The  NSW Police Media Policy 2016 states that: “Members of the public have the right to take photographs of or film Police Officers, and incidents involving …

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MEDIA RELEASE: SUPREME COURT OF NSW DECISION REGARDING DEATHS IN CUSTODY PROTEST

MEDIA RELEASE Supreme Court of NSW decision regarding deaths in custody protest A peaceful rally and vigil for George Floyd, David Dungay and for all black deaths in custody around the world was scheduled to proceed tomorrow, on Saturday 6 June 2020 at Town Hall Square, Sydney. This afternoon the Supreme Court has ruled that …

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