Friday, August 13, 2004

Redfern police need education not weapons

NSW police want new offensive equipment including long-range capsicum spray guns and modified armoured vehicles capable of spraying tear gas following a damning report on the Redfern riots in Sydney earlier this year.

An internal review of the February riots, leaked to the state Opposition, calls for a range of "less than lethal" equipment to be considered to boost police capabilities in the event of future unrest.

The options include equipment that can shoot capsicum spray up to 20 metres, rubber bullets and modified armoured rescue vehicles, known as "bear cats", fitted with external fire extinguishers, water cannons and devices to pump gas, capsicum spray or other irritants.

But what is needed is supervision by senior police who are not racist and not pissed. Drug and alcohol classes and self help books on racism would perhaps be better, so police can learn equality and respect and get off the piss, opposed to the racist bullies who pursued a young aboriginal boy to his death.

Even the name suggests police action to date. 'FORCE' and not 'Service' in other words disrespect and no respect and it shows doesn't it?

Who's serving who? Well who do the taxpayers pay!

The NSW police service has obtained legal advice on the use of such equipment that says police may employ 'reasonable force' to ensure public order.

Which also means civilians will obtain advice on the use of such equipment that says civilians may employ 'reasonable defence' to ensure public safety.

Lets see, they could start using boomerangs, spears and nulla nulla. Vicious circle?

One wonders whether police are trying to keep up with the Jones's in the 'terror games', trying to cover up for their bad behaviour or both? Surely using more weapons will only cause more bad behaviour.

The internal police review of the Redfern riots, following the death of Aboriginal teenager Thomas "TJ" Hickey, has concluded the overall police management was "poor".

"It was not our best night," Deputy Commissioner Dave Madden admitted in Sydney yesterday.

But in reality overall police management in NSW has been 'sad' for some time with the likes of noble cause corruption, corruption generally, booze on the job, bulling, racism and the list goes on.....

The violence in the 'racist' inner-city area resulted in 35 arrests and allegedly injuries to 45 officers and two police dogs? But that hasn't been proved and most people say it was a cover-up for the sham.

Pursuing innocent people to death is a bad trait and if police think they're above the law themselves even if they're racist then that's another good reason to educate them considering they swore their allegiants to the Crown.

The police report on the riots, following an investigation by strike force Coburn, raises concerns about poor communications and inadequate equipment, including ill-fitting riot helmets that fell off.

But in reality they were just too pissed to work it all out and too racist for it to end up any better than what it did.

The report says there was a breakdown in communications between police and Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers, of which three are attached to the Redfern Local Area Command to liaise with the Aboriginal community.

From what I heard the Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer got his arse kicked if he wasn't racist even though he was an Aboriginal himself. That shows you how strong the boys club in the Force is about racism.

According to the description of one senior police officer, the ACLO called out on the afternoon before the Redfern violence escalated was "hopeless, intoxicated and had no driver's licence."

There you go even the senior supervisor was pissed in breaking the law!

One damning police eyewitness report of the riot said the only reason police were able to move into the main street of The Block, the area at the centre of the trouble, "was because the offenders went to bed, not because of any tactical movement or result of any management decisions".

Good night............!

Another police witness said: "On several occasions rioters were allowed to walk past police lines and attend local shops. One of these persons seemed to be one of the main agitators."

Excuse me, I just need a packet of cigarettes and a drink then it's back to the riot and off to bed, ZZZZZZZZZZ.

Police finished their shift with a feeling of "disgust and embarrassment", another officer said.

The report found the issues raised as a result of the Redfern riots had statewide implications, particularly the inability of police to respond to "unplanned acts of violence".

"Redfern aside, one cannot overlook the possibility of an international incident sparking a large-scale violent response threatening public order within NSW," the report says.

Police Commissioner Ken Moroney had refused to publicly release the report until the coroner hands down his findings on TJ Hickey's death which are expected next week.

By Starsky and Hutch 13 August 04

THE DOG: In all it must be stated that if police have no respect then they'll get no respect? Police must be educated and drug and alcohol tested not given more weapons.


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