Law on Police Using Tasers in NSW: Indigenous Man Tasered in Face by Police

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   An Indigenous man has been tasered in the face at close range by an NSW Police Officer, during an arrest in Paddington. Footage of the arrest has gone viral on social media. It shows Mr Lovelock on his knees with his hands stretched out. Officers then try to ...continue reading

Law on Police Use of Pepper Spray in NSW

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.                                        The deployment of pepper spray on protestors following the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney, has sparked concerns regarding the way in which the NSW Police Force uses such a tool. The day was largely characterised as a peaceful protest, following the public assembly’s last-minute authorisation from the ...continue reading

Law on NSW Police Arrest Powers

  In NSW, a police officer is allowed to use force when exercising their lawful powers. However, it isn’t that simple. According to section 230 of Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002 (NSW), police are allowed to use such force as is reasonably necessary for purposes of exercising one of their powers as a ...continue reading

Law on Australia’s Right to Hold Public Assemblies

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   The death of George Floyd has inspired protesters to take to the streets, across the USA and globally, to campaign against systematic racism and demand stronger police accountability. In performing an arrest of Floyd, officer Derek Chauvin defied police protocol and all sense by kneeling upon the victim’s ...continue reading

When Can Police Use Force Under the Law in NSW?

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh.   A Victorian police officer has been found to have used reasonable force in punching a handcuffed 15-year-old girl in the head, at a pro-marijuana rally in Melbourne last year. Allegedly, the teenager spat at the female officer, who retaliated with the hit. Before this occurred, the teenager had ...continue reading

Law on When Police can Arrest You for Breaching a COVID19 Public Health Order in NSW

By Poppy Morandin & Jimmy Singh   As restrictions ease and the imposition of COVID-19 related fines drops significantly, civil rights advocates such as NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge have heralded this as an opportunity for the wider Australian population to examine the implementation of police powers. New South Wales Police have been able to ...continue reading

Sydney Man Charged for Wounding with Intent a Police Officer

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A Sydney man who pounced on police with a large knife while high on ice has apologised to the officer who was forced to shoot him in the stomach, one year later. Robert Hampton was high on methamphetamine when he attempted to run through the gates of Campbelltown ...continue reading

Police Fatally Shoot Sydney Man Carrying Knife in Public

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   In the early hours of 20 April 2020, the Sydney southern suburb of Rockdale became the scene of a fatal shooting as police blasted down a man, known to them for mental health reasons, in a tense confrontation who was armed with knives, a meat tenderiser and a ...continue reading

How Does COVID-19 Affect Bail Applications in NSW?

By Fouad Awada and Jimmy Singh.   On 30 March 2020, the Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down a decision granting conditional bail to Mr Abdul Rakielbakhour who was accused and charged with serious domestic violence charges. Mr Rakielbakhour was arrested and charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, alleged ...continue reading

Woman Charged for Assaulting Police in South-West Sydney After Spitting at the Officer

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   As fear and uncertainty continue to mount with the novel coronavirus now in full force, so too it seems does the eccentric and offensive behaviour. Stressful times indeed deplete people to new lows, sapping them of their cognitive abilities; all the while, anxiety has the tendency to often ...continue reading

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