NSW Police Commissioner Defends Officers Who Performed ‘Unlawful’ Arrest on Curtis Scott

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller has sought to defend the actions of police officers involved in the wrongful arrest of NRL player Curtis Scott. The bodycam footage of the arrest shown in court sparked outrage, with it depicting Scott, who was passed out drunk at the foot of ...continue reading

NSW Police Officer Threatens to Break Man’s Leg After an Unlawful Arrest

  It is reported that a NSW Police officer has threatened a man of breaking his legs during an illegal arrest by the police officer in the Australian Capital Territory. 48-year-old Allan Watts was charged by police after in April of this year, police allegedly saw him driving a motorbike while he was disqualified from ...continue reading

NSW Government Plans to Increase Road Side Drug Testing

  Last year alone, police in NSW did 166,351 drug tests. This represents over two and a half times more than in 2015. In fact in 2019, there were 9,446 positive results obtained from road side drug testing by police, in contrast to the 9,123 in 2015 as outlined by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport ...continue reading

Can Police Search You Using a Drug Detection Dog in NSW?

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Sniffer dog operations have reportedly returned following their apparent suspension due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sniff Off, a Greens campaign for police accountability, drug law reform and civil liberties, regularly reports on sightings of drug dog operations in order to raise the public awareness. They ...continue reading

Latest BOSCAR statistics and the need for greater focus on rehabilitation: An interview with Deputy Mayor of Dubbo and Barrister Stephen Lawrence

By Poppy Morandin.   Recent release of crime statistics detailing a quarterly update for this year, have revealed that crime across most of NSW has remained stable or fallen in the two years to June 2020. A major exception to this finding was within the crime category of sexual assault, which has risen 9.4% over ...continue reading

Woman Dragged Out of Car by Hammer-Wielding Man During Frightening Carjacking Incident

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the frightening moment a woman in Adelaide was approached by a hammer-wielding man who went on to smash her car window before dragging her out of her vehicle. The attempted carjacking incident is reported to have occurred in the afternoon of 10 August 2020, when a ...continue reading

Senseless Stowaway Discovered by Police Hiding in Car Boot Trying to Cross NSW/QLD Border

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   As the COVID-19 crisis carries on, so too does it continue to cultivate fertile ground for all kinds of crazy behaviour. From toilet paper pandemonium to pooing in the shopping aisle, drinking cow urine to cure the virus to wielding broken wine bottles at customers, even educating pets ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

NSW Police Leak Private Information of Complainants

By Poppy Morandin.   The NSW Police have leaked the emails of over 150 complainants who contacted them in order to raise concerns regarding officer’s use of force following the Sydney Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday, 6 June. Samuel Leighton-Dore was not present at the confrontation between the protestors and police at Central Station, ...continue reading

Penalties for Illegally Parking in a Disabled Spot in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s hard to believe but lurking among us are egocentric drivers who have no issues with their mobility yet still think it’s completely normal and even acceptable to park their vehicle in a disabled space. Indeed, one may argue that drivers of this kind are a special breed ...continue reading

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