Monday, March 7, 2005


Clashes...Darling Harbour over the weekend?

This is my church. This is where I heal my hurts?

THE COMMUNITY has issued an ultimatum to the lawless Police Force holding Sydney's streets to ransom: If you want respect give respect....

But today POLICE Commissioner Ken Moroney has issued an ultimatum as well, to the lawless youths holding Sydney's streets to ransom?: Learn some respect or face jail?

So what's new?

But if you want respect you have to earn it. How do you earn respect Maroney? Lock people up?

New South Wales Opposition Leader John 'Slayer' Brogden has called for an Upper House inquiry into the police handling of the Macquarie Fields riots.

There were four nights of riots in the area after two passengers were killed late last month when the car they were in crashed into a tree during a police chase [pursuits].

It's a natural grace. Of watching young life shape. It's in minor keys solutions and remedies. Enemies becoming friends when bitterness ends. This is my church.

John 'Slayer' Brogden says the inquiry should investigate the level of resources available to police? He also wants to know why police did not take a firm approach to rioters when the violence began?

Give up the chase and Stay Safe

They should also investigate pursuing people to their deaths, the cause of the riot. The community also wants to know why police took a deadly approach to the car thieves before the violence began?

Brogden: "The bottom line is that if the response from the police had been hard and tough at the beginning, then there may not have been four nights of rioting and as a consequence there may not have been the risk to police four nights in a row," he said?

But Mr Speaker!

Premier Bob Carr strongly disagrees with Mr Brogden and says the Opposition Leader should leave police alone to get on with the job?

Funny, Bob Carr wants police to get on with the job and Brogden and the Community want to know what the job entails and whether the war on the community is a 'valid stance' for the Police Force and the Government to take?

Carr: "Oh, come off it - I want our police commanders to be out on the streets in Macquarie Fields, not stuck before a parliamentary committee," Mr Carr said?

Good example anyway

The question is Bob, what are police doing out on the streets? Chasing offenders to their deaths, sticking their nose in other peoples business, when they aren't called for, publicly using corporal punishment unashamedly on national television, including kneeing young girls and breaking down doors and windows of private premises?

It's in the world I've become contained in the hum between voice and drum. It's in change. The poetic justice of cause and effect respect, love, compassion. This is my church.

Carr, says an inquiry would be a waste of police time and taxpayers' money?

Mr Brogden says the problem of violence against police is getting worse, with separate acts of violence overnight.

"It invited the continuation of the riot the following nights and we now see problems in Darling Harbour last night and another part of Sydney," he said.

For tonight God is a DJ.

In other developments:

Police, youths clash at Darling Harbour

Large numbers of police and young people have clashed at Sydney's Darling Harbour overnight, with nine people arrested.

Police were called to Darling Harbour in the early hours of the morning to sort out a disturbance.

No Copycat, 'Cop Out'

When they arrived, a crowd of people threw bottles and other objects at them. More police units were rushed to the area for back-up.

Police say at the peak of the confrontation, about 150 officers faced a crowd of about 150 people.

It appears no-one was injured in the violence.

Six people were arrested for breaching the peace and three others are being interviewed over more serious offences.

Police defend fatal high-speed chase?

Victorian police have defended their actions in pursuing a driver who died during a high-speed chase at Phillip Island last night.

Police say they were conducting random breath tests outside a hotel in Cowes when they noticed a car being driven on the wrong side of the road.

Assistant Commissioner for the south-east region, Noel Ashby, says police were very concerned by the driver's behaviour.

"The car was travelling at a fairly significant speed. They took a decision to try and stop the vehicle and ask the driver to undergo a breath test, at that point the driver accelerated away," he said.

Officers then followed the car, which crashed into a block of flats a short time later, near the corner of Chapel and Osbourne streets.

A 25-year-old Leongatha man died at the scene. Police say the death is a tragedy and there are strict protocols in place for such pursuits.

An investigation is under way by the Major Collision Unit and the Ethical Standards Department.

Shauna Cotter says she had just gone to bed when the car crashed into her house.

"I was just dozing off and heard this car almost full accelerating down the hill, which was heading straight towards our house and I thought, there is no way that car is going to stop and within a millisecond after that, all Hell's let loose and [it's] gone straight through the fence [and] hit the side of the house," she said.

By Gregory Kable & Faithless 7 March 05


NSW Police Force: Deaths in custody?
A police officer has been hit by a brick thrown by a community member in the third night of protest in Sydney's southwest. The protest follows the deaths of two teenagers during a police pursuit on Friday night.

Community disturbed by riot violence?
Don't blame it on the social mix, don't blame it on the housing estate, don't blame it on the dysfunctional community but blame it on the Police Force!

On Sunday 13th February, a Community gathering will be held to enable all people to remember the death of one of our young Community members, 'TJ' Hickey.

Whitewash over Hickey's death
The New South Wales coroner has cleared police of any responsibility for the death of Aboriginal teenager Thomas 'TJ' Hickey.

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.

Carr defends Redfern riot fallout

But such is the fact that police can do no wrong according to authorities that one wonders what benefit to the community this report would be other than to protect the police again.

The Young Man From Kamilaroi
On Monday, 5 July 2004, the Hickey Family and their supporters will come together in the Glebe Coroners Court with the Redfern Police, the same police, specifically unknown at this time, who pursued the Young Man to his death by impalement.

Police stalkers set to escape
The real issue was posted it read "Wanted child murderers"!

Payback over Redfern riot after death in custody
A 37 year-old woman will appear in court today charged over her alleged involvement in a riot in Redfern on Sunday night.

Riot in Redfern over death in custody
The reported claim that 50 police were injured during rioting in Redfern over a death in custody is nothing more than a counter claim required to balance the argument that Thomas Hickey wasn't chased to his death by police.

Redfern police 'need to be made accountable'
POLICE have no right to demand increased support to patrol Redfern in the wake of one of the worst death in custody cover-ups by police in Australian history.

"If I Could Turn Back Time" Daily Terror, CH/7
THE real cause of last month's violent Redfern riots was the death of teenager Thomas "TJ" Hickey but perhaps only one element of the racism, harassment and bullying by the New South Wales police force and in this case Redfern police at the Block.

Was Thomas Hickey payback?
Yesterday it was alleged police faced a potentially deadly confrontation with locals of a redfern housing block last week when a gun was grabbed from an officer's holster and held to his stomach.

Gather at the Block at 9am March to Phillip Street Redfern, "Turanga Block" vigial at site of "TJ's" death. March to Redfern Police Station to leave list of demands regarding the enquiries into his death.

The ALP's fascist police states
Welcome back Sid-in-knee. Old Falangist Samaranch would surely feel right at home in any number of fascist police states around this wide brown land today. Who needs Franco when you have Beattie, Rann, Carr, Bracks and co. Flamin' fascist fucks the lot of them.

Carr Govt dramatic increases in the NSW prisoner pop...
Following the opening of the 500 bed Kempsey prison, and a new 200-bed prison for women at Windsor the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) and community organisations specialising in the rehabilitation of prisoners, have expressed concern....