Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Calling police 'slimy, lying bastards' no offence: court

The High Court today ruled in favour of a Queensland law student who handed out pamphlets at his local shopping mall declaring local police were corrupt and slimy lying bastards.

While the High Court found in favour of Patrick John Coleman by overturning a charge of insulting police, it found against him for charges of violence involved in resisting arrest.

He locked his arms around a power pole and struck and kicked police officers during the struggle to put him in a police van.

Mr Coleman was convicted in the Townsville Magistrates Court of two counts of serious assault, two of obstructing police, one count of insulting words and one count of publishing insulting words.

The Queensland District Court dismissed an appeal and the Queensland Court of Appeal allowed an appeal only against conviction for publishing insulting words.

Mr Coleman appealed to the High Court which focused on construction of a section of the now repealed Queensland's Vagrants, Gaming and Other Offences Act.

Mr Coleman argued that his implied constitutional freedom of communication concerning political or government matters was being infringed.

The court heard he was arrested in Townsville Mall where he was distributing pamphlets alleging four police officers were corrupt and referring to local police officers in Townsville as "slimy, lying bastards".

He stood in front of a placard which read, "Get to know your local corrupt type coppers, please take one." When Constable Brendan Power - one of those named in his pamphlet - approached, Mr Coleman loudly accused him of being corrupt.

He then resisted arrest, locking his arms around a power pole and striking and kicking at the officers as they attempted to put him in a police van.

By a 4-3 majority, the High Court allowed the appeal in relation to the conviction for using insulting words.

Six judges held that the relevant section of the Vagrants Act was not invalid. But three members of the majority held that its operation was limited to situations which could lead to violence.

Justices William Gummow and Ken Hayne said the legislation created an offence which restricted freedom of speech, but in the legitimate public end of keeping public places free from violence.

They said police by training and temperament should be expected to resist the sting of insults directed to them.

"The use of such words would constitute no offence unless others who hear what is said are reasonably likely to be provoked to physical retaliation," they said.

A majority of the Court dismissed appeals against convictions for obstructing police and assaulting police but not resisting arrest.

By Just Us 1 September 04

Ed: Seems clear that why a person resists arrest is because they don't think that they did anything wrong, yet police can still say that that person resisted arrest, even if that person has beat the base charge. Not fair!!

At all material times people cannot win against bullying police, in their institutions with their rule of law. Seems the police Trifecta card always wins, resisting arrest, offensive language and assault police. If you beat one of those charges they just hit you with the other two. Not fair at all!!!

Just remember that there are more ways to skin a cat. Don't let them cheat you. If first you don't succeed that way then try another way to prove your point. For instance: by posting your material where they can't get to you directly. On the street people are reasonably fair game.

Why is it an offence to convey the message that police are corrupt? Because the government is the problem!  


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Clive Small, NSW Inspector Gadget
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Bob down and sniff my arse
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I am disturbed by Governments 'actions' in relation to shuffling the police service. Clive Small seconded into Parliament like a cocky in a perch. A breach of the fundamental Separation of Powers Doctrine does not in my view allow the thought of intervening, planning, or shuffling to stack the deck of our police service. The one that suppose to be autonomous according to Lord Denning. Where the Parliamentary Secretary can ask the commissioner of police to 'report' then sack him if he is not satisfied with such report.

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What is happening between the Police Service and politics is quite extraordinary at the moment. If stand over tactics don't work tell half the truth honestly and follow the example of sheep. Another word for it is sleaze, yeah. Another word for it is workplace harassment. Another word for it is bribing a Police Officer. Another word for it is misleading Parliament.

Tele Tales
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Lord Denning
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Clive Small is Bob Carr's choice for the new Police Commissioner. It could only be the case considering his, Small's special appointment into Parliament House. Small who suffers from the little person syndrome is the ideal bend over boy who gets shuffled through his corrupt actions. Rolling the legal system for him after the fact, just like his predecessor Roger the dodger Rogerson.

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Good Cop
Why have our democratic institutions broken down? It's not just the criminal justice system. The Anti-Corruption Network exposes the same issues. A group of white-collar workers who say they have suffered as follows:

I refer to the Daily Telegraph article 22 March 2002 under the heading Priest quits advisory job.

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Police Chronology 1994-2001
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