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 on: January 18, 2017, 01:35:32 PM 
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EXCLUSIVE 'I feel traumatised to this day': 'Raptor 13' cop caught holding a metal pole to a driver's head 'to show how it could be used as a weapon' - the fourth incident to emerge in one WEEK

    'Raptor 13' police officer has been pictured holding a metal bar to a driver's head
    Constable Murphy was 'showing how it could be used as a weapon', man claims
    The officer had found the bar inside the front of a motorist's car during a search
    Driver, called Jimmy, said he had been left 'traumatised' by the dramatic incident
    It is the fourth incident involving Raptor 13 to emerge in a week
    Have you had a run-in with the police officer? Email ollie.gillman@dailymail.com

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 on: January 16, 2017, 04:55:04 PM 
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EXCLUSIVE: Police officer calling himself 'Raptor 13' filmed 'throwing' a motorcyclist's licence on the ground - days after video emerged of him 'refusing to show speeding driver his radar'

    Motorcyclist Gurkan Topal, 32, was pulled over for having an unsafe helmet
    Police officer refused to provide his name six times during heated stand-off
    The cop was later filmed appearing to throw the biker's licence on the ground
    Same officer was caught on camera last week refusing to provide his identity
    Sydney policeman would not let driver he accused of speeding see his radar gun
    Do you know the police officer calling himself Raptor 13? Email ollie.gillman@dailymail.com

A policeman has been caught on camera appearing to throw a motorcyclist's licence on the ground, just days after footage emerged of the same officer refusing to let a 'speeding' driver see his radar.

Footage shared exclusively with Daily Mail Australia shows the New South Wales Police officer repeatedly refuse to give his name to biker Gurkan Topal.

The cop, who gives his name only as 'Raptor 13', is later seen dropping Mr Topal's licence on the floor in front of him - an act the motorcyclist claims was deliberate.

A policeman has been caught on camera appearing to throw a motorcyclist's licence on the ground, just days after footage emerged of the same officer refusing to let a 'speeding' driver see his radar.

Footage shared exclusively with Daily Mail Australia shows the New South Wales Police officer repeatedly refuse to give his name to biker Gurkan Topal.

The cop, who gives his name only as 'Raptor 13', is later seen dropping Mr Topal's licence on the floor in front of him - an act the motorcyclist claims was deliberate.

'He got out and said, "When I tell you to pull over you pull over now",' Mr Topal said.

'I asked him to treat me properly, to treat me like a normal person. He disrespected me.'

Mr Topal, who works in online marketing, claimed the officer grabbed his helmet out of his hands to see if it was defective.

Mr Topal said he tried to grab the helmet back, leading to the pair pushing each other and the policeman returning to his car to call in back-up.

The motorcyclist says the officer seized the helmet as evidence and says it still has not been returned, but admits that he now realises it may have been defective.

Mr Topal started filming the incident on his mobile phone, with his footage showing the policeman confronting him, alongside four other officers he called in as back-up.

The video shows him and the officer arguing and the policeman failing to provide his name despite Mr Topal asking for it six times.

He eventually goes to gives the motorcyclist's licence back, but drops it onto the ground in front of Mr Topal instead of handing it to him.

'He flicked my licence onto the floor,' Mr Topal said.

'He threw it on the floor. He said sorry.

'He should talk to me like a normal person, treat me with respect and not talk to me like I'm an animal. I wouldn't mind if he'd pulled me over and said [the helmet] was unsafe, but he had no respect.'

The heated stand-off ended with the police leaving and Mr Topal having his motorbike towed home.

He later received a $1,083 fine in the post and nine points on his licence for a defective helmet, air filter and licence plate.

Mr Topal said he plans to appeal at least part of that fine in court.

'New South Wales taxpayers are paying this guy's wage to pull over a guy with a defective helmet,' the motorcyclist said.

On Wednesday, the same officer was filmed refusing to let a driver see his speed gun reading after pulling him over for allegedly breaking the limit.

Zia Yilda, 24, was on his way to work in Smithfield, Sydney, on Wednesday morning when he was pulled over and accused of driving at 83km/h.

Mr Yilda claimed he was driving at least 20km/h slower than that and filmed the officer as he failed to show him the reading six times.

He also declined to give his name and number twice and proceeded to search the man's BMW 330 convertible and accuse it of being 'defective' for having a wobbly passenger seat and a faulty grille.

Mr Yilda branded the officer's conduct 'pretty ridiculous'.

Calling him a 'jobsworth', the driver told Daily Mail Australia: 'He said, "look, you're doing 83".

'Then he came back and started picking on everything. I tried to be calm and as patient as I could as I thought this film might be useful in court at a later date.

'I asked for his name and number a couple of times but he refused. He was ignoring me.'

The motorist is yet to receive a fine for his alleged speeding on Wednesday, but says he will contest it in court if he does. 

New South Wales Police declined to comment on either incident.

Under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act 2002, police officers in New South Wales are required to state their name when stopping or searching vehicles.

It is not clear whether the officer was legally required to reveal the speed gun reading on Wednesday.

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 on: January 16, 2017, 01:58:39 PM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Reddog
yeahjust like the Bronx fortified observation towers based on the fortified towers used in Palestine probably based on norman fortified towers used in Britain nothing much changed in regards crowd controll or intimidation

 on: January 16, 2017, 10:30:57 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Crime hot spots to be targeted by Southport police using pop-up stations

IT’S worked for restaurants and cafes, now it’s time for the police to try it.

Southport police will experiment with a ‘pop-up’ police station this month.

Under the plan police will target a crime hotspot within the Southport district (which includes Labrador, Ashmore, Benowa, Parkwood, Arundel) and place a mobile police van there.

Police on bicycles and ATVs will then patrol the area.

While the plan is restricted to the Southport police district, it was a popular concept with community leaders contacted by the Sun who called for it to be expanded across the Gold Coast.
If the trial is successful pop-up police stations could become more common.

Southport station officer-in-charge senior sergeant Ray Vine said the mobile facility was essentially a big van with a generator and computer.

“We will have people from crime prevention involved and all the stuff that people wouldn’t ordinarily see in the suburbs,” he said.

“It’s creates a high-visibility presence that will address some of the crime hot-spots in the area.”

Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow said the plan was a ‘jolly good idea’.

“I think that’s a brilliant idea,” she said.

“People want to feel safe and I spend council’s money on making people safe.
Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow.

“And they could start on the beachfront and then any place they feel is the best place to go.

“I’d do anything to get the word around Australia that the Gold Coast is a safe place to be.”

Oxenford Neighbourhood Watch president Dominique Lummus said from her organisation’s point of view anything that heightened the police profile in an area and made them more visible was a good idea.

“Anything that improves personal safety and security we’re all for,” she said.

“I would be happy to see it trialled across the Gold Coast.

“It would also have the additional effect of making police more a part of the community.

“That would mean that people, particularly older people in the community, could well be more likely to approach police.”

Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce president Martin Hall said anything that built confidence in the community would never go amiss.

He said the scheme could also be extended to the Southport CBD and pockets of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Burleigh.

“It not only enhances safety for businesses but also for tourists.”


 on: January 14, 2017, 07:24:45 AM 
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Calls for overhaul of Queensland police internal affairs Ethical Standards Command

THERE are calls for a complete overhaul of the police discipline system after major concerns were raised with several high-profile internal affairs investigations.

Civil rights crusader Terry O’Gorman, and former police officer Nigel Powell, himself a key whistleblower in the Fitzgerald Inquiry, say the current police discipline system involving the Ethical Standards Command is broken.

The Courier-Mail can reveal a litany of complaints over several investigations in to police misconduct on the Gold Coast including:

•The bashing in the basement where four uniformed officers were caught on CCTV in a violent confrontation with a handcuffed prisoner at Surfers Paradise police station. The only officer to ever face criminal charges is the sergeant accused of leaking video footage to The Courier-Mail.

A former bikini model whose personal file was accessed by police officers 1400 times. She is now moving home out of fear of retribution.

•A former Federal Police officer allegedly assaulted in the foyer of a Surfers Paradise hotel. Now living overseas, he paid $500 to lodge his own victim statement with investigators.

•An officer allegedly used the police database to share a woman’s personal address with her ex-husband, the subject of a domestic violence order. She has been told the officer will not face criminal charges.

Mr O’Gorman said there was ‘a serious necessity’ to overhaul the internal discipline system.

“There needs to be an independent review of how police are operating,” he said.

Mr Powell, a key whistleblower in lifting the lid on police corruption in the 1980s, said the internal discipline system was virtually non-existent.

“It’s ludicrous,” he said.

“There are many, many fine police officers, but from an organisational point, there has never been good policing here.”

He said the culture would not change until police officers subjected to internal affairs investigations were treated as suspects.

“The same rules apply to everybody else,” he said.

Sgt Rick Flori will stand trial in September on charges of misconduct in office over the leaking of the basement bashing video footage.

If found guilty, he faces jail.
Whistleblower Nigel Powell. Pic Annette Dew

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart last year defended the decision not to charge any of the officers involved in the assault, telling an ABC Radio interview the victim did not want charges pressed.

However, The Courier-Mail can reveal bashing victim Noa Begic told investigators from the Crime and Corruption Commission he wanted the officers sacked and criminally charged.

One officer was given a suspended dismissal, while his supervising sergeant, shown in video footage using a bucket of water to wash away a pool of the victim’s blood, retired with no further action being taken.

Renee Eaves, a model turned justice crusader, had her personal file on the police QPRIME database accessed by more than 300 individual officers.

She said she has identified several of the officers as having ‘histories’ of misbehaviour.

Despite lodging a complaint eight months ago, she has so far learnt of no action being taken against any officer.

She said the Fitzgerald Inquiry had highlighted that the ‘internal investigations section has provided warm comfort to corrupt police.’

“Nothing has changed,” she said.

“If anything it’s worse.”

Former Federal police officer Paul Gibbons is also incensed at a lack of progress in an investigation that started in June last year when he was allegedly assaulted by a group of officers in a hotel lobby.

He lodged a complaint to the CCC which was referred back to ESC and then, incredibly, to the supervisor of the officers involved in the incident.

Now living overseas, he paid $500 to lodge his statement through the Australian Embassy in Germany and is ropeable the QPS will not cover the cost.

A police spokeswoman said Mr Gibbons was advised how to lodge his statement without incurring a fee — a claim he denies.

“I have retained all emails from the QPS and …. recorded all phone conversations with investigators,” he said.

“I challenge Commissioner Stewart’s office to produce evidence of such advice.”

A woman whose ex-husband tracked down her home address with help from a serving officer is also demanding answers in the investigation in to her case.

A police spokeswoman said officers from ESC ‘investigate all matters with due diligence and the upmost integrity’.

“The ESC works in conjunction with the CCCC to oversee and manage investigations which may present a conflict of interest,” she said.


 on: January 13, 2017, 07:40:07 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Prickle
Police officer stood down, Northern Region
QPS Media on Jan 13, 2017 @ 7:29am   

A 36-year-old male Senior Constable from Northern Region has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service for breaching a domestic violence order.

The Senior Constable is to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on February 2 in relation to the matter. The officer was not on duty when the offences occurred.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct.  This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf

Information about compliments and complaints can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm


 on: January 12, 2017, 07:27:09 PM 
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A national anti-gangs squad officer will be embedded with ACT Policing from February 1, giving the squad a presence in every Australian state and territory for the first time, the federal government has announced.

It's expected the National Anti-Gangs Squad liaison officer will bolster the work of Taskforce Nemesis, ACT Policing's anti-bikie arm, by sharing information about bikie activities from the other states and territory.

The placement has been welcomed by the territory government and ACT Policing, both of which are keen to ensure bikies do not see Canberra as a "safe haven".

At a press conference following the federal government's announcement, ACT Policing chief Justine Saunders flagged a return of controversial anti-consorting laws to the agenda in 2017.

While police say the work of Taskforce Nemesis has meant the numbers of bikies living in Canberra remains steady, there are concerns about an escalating number of violent incidents as members "patch over" to new gangs in the ACT.

Before 2014, only the Rebels had established any chapters in the ACT. Since joined by Comancheros and Nomads, tensions between the rival gangs have erupted, with shootings at Canberra homes and a a targeted arson attack at a Tuggeranong tattoo parlour.

The number of members fluctuates over time, but police estimate about 50 bikies and three gangs are currently operating in the ACT.

Police minister Mick Gentleman said the national liaison officer would ensure the ACT had a direct line to national information about bikie activities.

"The more information that you can share across jurisdictions ... helps policing on the ground deal with these outlaw motorcycle gangs. And of course, it's the community's view that we need as much effort as we can to stop unlawful activity in the ACT."

Assistant Commissioner Saunders said the national squad member would provide support to ACT Policing's Taskforce Nemesis - which had received a $6.4 million boost in funding in August.

She noted the importance of a "seamless" flow of information, as well as a national response to crime.

"That's critically important in noting that dealing with any crime problem, particularly the [bikie gangs] that it has to be done on a national level in a collaborative way."

Assistant Commissioner Saunders said that in the taskforce's two-and-a-half years of existence since August 2016, it had put more than 74 gang members before court for 224 offences. She said 68 per cent of those matters had returned a guilty verdict.

With 131 search warrants, Nemesis officers had seized guns, weapons, cash, drugs and anabolic steroids.

But Assistant Commissioner Saunders said the taskforce's successes did not negate the need for more law enforcement measures to minimise the threat of gangs, and police would be talking with the government about increasing the "suite of tools" available.

She saw some benefits to anti-consorting laws.

"Having said that, that's not a panacea in itself. I think we need to look at a suite of tools to make sure that what we're doing is effective."


 on: January 12, 2017, 08:38:32 AM 
Started by Prickle - Last post by Reddog
imagine the country being covertly taken over by a foreign power and having to live with virtually no civil rights basic freedom of travel or association or protection from being gaoled on the whim of the elite ruling junta fuck that would be :o :o :o :o :( >:(

 on: January 12, 2017, 07:06:28 AM 
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Human Rights, the Magna Carta and Chapter III of the Australian Constitution

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh

In the absence of a national bill or charter of rights, Chapter III of the Constitution has come to be appreciated as a key protection for the rights and liberties of the Australian people. As we reflect on the history and importance of the Magna Carta, it is time to seriously consider whether clearer, stronger protections for civil liberties and fair process are called for.

The spirit of the Magna Carta

As Lord Irvine recognised, ‘In many respects Magna Carta has transcended the distinction between law and politics and its legacy represents a joint commitment by monarchs, parliamentarians and the courts to the rule of law’. As this statement reflects, the Magna Carta’s importance greatly surpasses its legal weight, or even its immediate historical impact (after all, Pope Innocent III declared the 1215 charter null and void well before the year was out). Rather, the Magna Carta endures as a part of the constitutional framework, and in the minds of citizens it is a crucial and emblematic proclamation of the rule of law.

Perhaps the most famous chapters of the Magna Carta (chapters 39 and 40 in the 1215 edition) provide that:

‘No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.

‘To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice’

These chapters emphasise that any deprivation of liberty shall only occur according to law, and that the law will be administered to all equally. In this way, these chapters embody the core sentiment of the rule of law.

The spirit of the Magna Carta is most clearly reflected in human rights documents. After all, the Magna Carta presents itself unambiguously as a charter of liberties, designed to grant and ensure ‘To all free men … all the liberties written out below’ (chapter 1).

Australia, however, remains the only liberal democratic nation without a national bill or charter of rights. Here we rely on representative and responsible government and the common law to protect liberty from undue incursion by the executive government. But there is another avenue that has evolved to play a vital role in the protection of liberty in Australia: Chapter III of the Constitution.

Judicial independence

Chapter III of the Constitution deals with the judicial branch of government. Over the last century, the High Court has interpreted Chapter III to provide for a robust separation of powers, whereby the independence and institutional integrity of the judiciary is entitled to constitutional protection. These principles are bolstered by robust protections for judicial tenure and remuneration across Australia.

Judicial independence has been described as a ‘pre-requisite to the rule of law’. After all, it is well and good to require that laws be objective, equal and accessible, but that is for nought if those laws are applied by courts that are subjective, arbitrary or inaccessible. Judicial independence preserves courts’ capacities to apply the law equally and objectively, and it is particularly important in ensuring that courts acting as a check and balance on government power – a sentiment at the very core of the Magna Carta.

Chapter III and civil liberties

By placing judicial independence on constitutional footing, Chapter III has been heralded as giving rise to an implied bill of rights and, in particular, an implied fair process principle.

There are a number of cases that support this view. First, in a finding that echoes the Magna Carta, the High Court in Chu Kheng Lim v Minister for Immigration identified punitive detention as lying outside the accepted bounds of executive power. The Court held that this kind of order can only be made by a properly constituted court following a criminal trial.

Secondly, in Al-Kateb v Godwin the Court held that administrative detention of non-citizens could only occur for a legitimate purpose, and thereby ruled-out the prospect of arbitrary detention. Thirdly, in a series of cases the Court has recognised that procedural fairness is a defining and essential characteristic of courts, and therefore cannot be compromised without risking constitutional invalidity. Finally, the Court has interpreted Chapter III to protect a person’s right to seek judicial review of an administrative decision, thereby preserving judicial oversight of the legality of executive action.

It can be seen that Chapter III is indeed fertile ground for basic rule of law protections. But is it truly a ‘guarantee of freedom under the law’? In the absence of a bill or charter of rights, is Chapter III Australia’s answer to the spirit of the Magna Carta. The answer, sadly, is ‘no’.

In recent cases, the High Court has made clear that the focus of Chapter III rests squarely on the courts. Considerations of rights, liberties, fairness to parties, and even proportionate outcomes are not necessarily relevant to Chapter III validity.

Last year, in Kuczborski v Qld, four justices of the High Court said that ‘to demonstrate that a law may lead to harsh outcomes, even disproportionately harsh outcomes, is not, of itself, to demonstrate constitutional invalidity’. This statement aligned with the Court’s findings in earlier cases. For example, in Magaming v R the Court upheld harsh mandatory sentences. In Attorney-General (NT) v Emmerson, the Court upheld provisions that obliged a court to issue a far-reaching asset forfeiture notice, provided merely that the Director of Public Prosecutions could prove that the person had been subject to three drug-related prosecutions in 10-years.

Then, in Kuczborski, the High Court upheld a range of severe ‘anti-bikie’ laws. By way of example, one of these laws created an offence of participants in certain organisations (as identified by the Attorney-General) meeting in a group of three or more in public. It was enough that the person was wearing a logo or had ever sought membership of the organisation to establish they he or she was a ‘participant’. This mere act of meeting in public attracted between six-months and three-years in gaol, coupled with a presumption against bail.

These kinds of laws don’t sit comfortably alongside the Magna Carta’s provisions for proportionate punishment (chapter 20), or the spirit of equality, fairness or limited government embodied by that charter.

A protection for fair process?

The High Court rested these decisions on the fact that orders were imposed in accordance with ‘judicial process’, despite accepting that the impact on liberty was severe and not necessarily proportionate to what the person had done. This seems to align with the spirit of the Magna Carta, requiring that deprivations on liberty are only ordered according to the law of the land.

However, in other cases the Court has upheld laws that undermine basic elements of judicial process. Ex parte proceedings, secret evidence, reversals of the onus of proof, and decisions based on information that may avoid the rules of evidence have all withstood Chapter III challenge – even where the power has resulted in severe incursions on liberty. Decisions of this nature led Heydon J to observe that the due process implications of Chapter III were ‘apparently dormant’.

A need for clearer protections

The High Court has sent a clear message that Chapter III does not give rise to an implied bill or rights or fair process clause. By enshrining judicial independence Chapter III has a crucial role to play in upholding the rule of law in Australia – but it cannot be the whole story. Ultimately, Chapter III has proved to be a weak shield for citizens from unduly harsh incursions on liberty in the absence of procedural fairness.

Against this backdrop it becomes clear something more is needed if citizens expect the spirit of the Magna Carta to thrive in today’s Australia. The separation of powers provided for in Chapter III is simply insufficient to adequately protect fair process, or to ensure that deprivations of liberty are necessary, proportionate, or ‘fit the crime’.

In 1215, and countless times since, certain citizens recognised the need to take a new step and impose clearer constraints on government power. Australia has avoided enacting a bill or charter of rights at the federal level, but experience in the ACT and Victoria demonstrates that more and more Australians are acknowledging the value of these charters. The ACT and Victorian charters of human rights, like the Magna Carta, demonstrate the power that a statement of rule of law values can have: in the minds of the people, as a guide to parliamentary process, in shaping executive power, and in giving the courts a clearly defined weapon in the protection of fair process and the rule of law.

The time has passed for Australians to make do with complex and vague protections implied from Chapter III of the Constitution. The enactment of clear protections for fair process, proportionate punishment, and basic human rights in the states, territories or at federal level, is a necessary and appropriate step in the ongoing evolution of a common law system grounded in the rule of law. Chapter III and the separation of powers are important, but they’re not enough to do justice to the spirit of the Magna Carta that underpins our legal system.


 on: December 28, 2016, 04:39:07 PM 
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Police officer stood down, Northern Region
QPS Media on Dec 28, 2016 @ 4:12pm   

A 51-year-old female Senior Constable from the Northern Region has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service and will be tasked to perform non-operational duties.

The officer is the subject of an investigation that the Senior Constable:
• attended to rostered duties whilst affected by alcohol;
• failed to properly store and secure accoutrements;
• whilst off duty utilised a Queensland Police Service firearm whilst affected by alcohol;
• failed to treat people with respect and dignity; and
• posted personal ‘Facebook’ comments resulting in a conflict of interest with her position as a member of the Queensland Police Service.

In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, we have undertaken to inform the public when an officer faces serious allegations of misconduct. This does not mean that the allegations against the officer have been substantiated.

Information about the Queensland Police Service Integrity framework can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/corporatedocs/reportsPublications/other/Documents/QPS-ESC-Integrity-Framework.pdf

Information about compliments and complaints can be found at: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/online/ComplimentsandComplaints.htm


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