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 on: July 17, 2017, 08:53:23 PM 
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Queensland Police: Extent of bullying revealed amid compensation claims

QUEENSLAND police employees have made dozens of claims for compensation amid allegations of workplace bullying.

Documents released under Right to Information reveal at least 82 claims involving allegations of negative workplace behaviours and bullying in the Queensland Police Service have been made to WorkCover since January, 2013.

There was about one claim made every fortnight in 2013 and 2014, but that figure has since declined.

Police Union president Ian Leavers said his organisation had received “many reports” of negative workplace behaviours in recent years and suggested some bullied officers might be hesitant to come forward.

“While some police report bullying in the workplace, most police are reticent to come forward and make a complaint because of the perception it could affect their careers and limit their chance for promotion or cause reprisals against them,” he said.

“Often police in senior positions engage in bullying behaviours because they themselves are suffering PTSD or some other type of illness caused by policing itself so we are working hard to break the cycle.”

Mr Leavers said the union and the QPS were trying to address the issue through a strategy focused on the health, safety and wellbeing of officers and their families.

“For the first time, officers and their families are being consulted about what they believe is required to ensure their psychological wellbeing, and a strategy will be developed based on their feedback,” he said.

A spokesman for the QPS conceded any incident of negative workplace behaviour was concerning and insisted employees were encouraged to raise any issues involving bullying or harassment.

“With more than 15,000 officers and staff, the QPS is a large and diverse workforce and from time to time negative workplace behaviours will arise, however, are not tolerated,” he said.

The spokesman said the WorkCover figures indicated claims involving allegations of workplace bullying and negative behaviours had declined over the past five years and that QPS strategies had made an impact.


 on: July 16, 2017, 06:32:28 PM 
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Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley: A Criminal with a Badge

Former Queensland police officer Chris Hurley was in court again this week.

He was found guilty on two counts of dangerous driving during a high-speed police pursuit in the suburb of Pacific Pines on the Gold Coast in May 2015.

The 49-year-old ex-senior sergeant is no stranger to the courtroom. In February this year, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a female police officer in a Gold Coast shopping centre twelve months earlier.

But Hurley’s career in the force really came to a halt in December last year, after he was found guilty of assaulting Luke Cole during a roadside arrest in November 2013, when he unjustifiably put the driver in a choke hold.

At the time of his hearing for that offence, Hurley was already suspended without pay due to a string of charges against him. He has since taken “medical retirement”.

However, if one takes a closer look at Hurley’s police career – or rather the times he’s been on the wrong side of the law – what one finds is an example of the systemic racism that pervades the Queensland police service, and on a broader scale, many other Australian institutions.

The Palm Island tragedy

On 19 November 2004, Mr Doomadgee – or Mulrunji – died in custody at Palm Island police station.

The 36-year-old Indigenous man had been arrested by sergeant Hurley for allegedly being drunk and disorderly. One hour after being taken into custody, Mr Doomadgee was dead.

During the ensuing criminal trial, Hurley claimed Mr Doomadgee had fallen, after the two had scuffled. The prosecution had alleged the sergeant kneed the detained man in the stomach, causing serious damage to his liver.

The pathologist who conducted the post-mortem compared Mr Doomadgee’s injuries to those of plane crash victims. He suffered broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and his liver was so damaged it was almost split in two across his spine.

In June 2007, Chris Hurley was acquitted by an all-white jury of the manslaughter of Cameron Doomadgee.

Less than a month after Mr Doomadgee’s death, Hurley was transferred to work on the Gold Coast.

He even received a $100,000 compensation payment after his house was burnt down during the unrest on Palm Island following the news of the autopsy results.

And therein lies the inherent racism in the system. An Indigenous man dies in custody and an officer is acquitted of manslaughter by an all-white jury, despite what seemed to be overwhelming evidence of guilt.

But now, that very same policeman’s career is in tatters after being convicted of the relatively minor assault of an Anglo Australian man.

Blatant discrimination revealed

Due to the unrest that broke out on the island, Lex Wotton, a Palm Island local, was charged with inciting a riot and sentenced to six years in prison in September 2008. He served 19 months before being released on parole.

In 2014, Mr Wotton launched a class action against the Queensland government over the racially discriminatory way it handled the death of Mr Doomadgee, as well as the subsequent unrest on the island.

According to Wotton’s lawyers, the police had contravened section 9(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 by conducting themselves differently during the unrest because they were dealing with an Aboriginal community.

In December last year, the Federal Court found that Queensland police had indeed acted with unlawful discrimination when failing to suspend Sergeant Hurley after Mr Doomadgee’s death.

The court also found there was a “disproportionate show of force” by police on the protesting Aboriginal community.

“Paternalism and racism”

But it didn’t stop there. The Palaszczuk Government, along with Queensland police, decided to file an appeal against the landmark Federal Court decision, as they claimed there was not enough evidence to support it.

Central Queensland University professor Gracelyn Smallwood launched a successful campaign against the government’s appeal in February. Her online petition garnered close to 18,000 signatures and led politicians to drop the appeal.

As for the example of Hurley’s career, Ms Smallwood said it reveals the “paternalism and racism” that’s inherent not only in the Australian criminal justice system, but throughout the whole of Australian society.

“It was so blatant and open what happened to our brother on Palm Island,” the professor told Sydney Criminal Lawyers. And Hurley “got a smack on the hand and then a promotion.”

She added that our nation has “a long way to go in terms of justice.”

Discrimination at every level

“There is no doubt that Australia is still a very racist country,” the Birrigubba elder said. “We’re three percent of the population and we’re fourteen times more likely to be locked up in prison.”

Indeed, the 2016 Census figures reveal that there were 649,171 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the country, which accounts for just 2.8 percent of the population. However, in June 2016, there were 10,596 Indigenous prisoners in Australia, which is 27 percent of the adult prisoner population.

“And a lot of our people are not there for very violent crimes,” Ms Smallwood continued. “They’re there for the unresolved grief, loss and trauma of colonisation.”

The professor of nursing and midwifery also pointed out that when it came to the Howard government implementing “special measures” in remote Aboriginal communities during the initial stages of the Northern Territory Intervention, the Racial Discrimination Act actually had to be suspended.

Ms Smallwood also questioned the reasoning behind the alcohol management plan that was implemented as part of the Intervention. After two years of the emergency measures, it was found that alcohol-related crime had risen by 34 percent, and this was thought to be because possession had become illegal.

“People, like myself, warned the government that prohibition has never worked anywhere in the world,” Ms Smallwood said over the phone from Palm Island. “Why would it work on communities that are suffering all the dysfunctions of… colonisation?”

Justice on the horizon

Despite all that has occurred, Ms Smallwood believes change is coming. Proof of this is that the majority of people who signed her petition against the state government’s attempt to overturn the Federal Court ruling that authorities had acted with extreme racism were non-Indigenous.

For the professor, it’s all about recounting the truth of what has occurred on our continent.

“Once the true history of this country is told, we can reconcile. I’m very optimistic that will happen.” In relation the success of the campaign, Ms Smallwood remarked, “So that was a great outcome. But we’ve got to keep speaking out.”


 on: July 11, 2017, 10:13:06 PM 
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Christopher Hurley guilty of dangerous driving during Pacific Pines car chase
Alexandria Utting, Gold Coast Bulletin

UPDATE: Former Gold Coast cop Chris Hurley has been found guilty of two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle at Pacific Pines in 2015.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove fined him a total of $800 and recorded no conviction after Hurley was found guilty of driving dangerously on the wrong side of the road and ramming a car during the pursuit of two fugitives in Pacific Pines in May two years ago.

In sentencing in the Southport Magistrates Court this afternoon, Mr Cosgrove assured Hurley he had not been influenced by media reports and the former officer’s reputation in Queensland.

“One (would) have to have lived under a rock in the state of Queensland to not know you have a reputation,” he said.

Mr Cosgrove asked Hurley to accept that he had not been influenced by media reports in sentencing.

“I hope you accept that,” he added.

EARLIER: CONTROVERSIAL former cop Chris Hurley has elected not to give or call evidence in his trial over an alleged dangerous police chase at Pacific Pines in 2015.

Hurley pleaded not guilty to two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle arising out of the pursuit of two fugitives in May, two years ago.

Sarah Boyd and Joel Gillard, who were later found to be in the 4WD being chased by police, pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver with a tomahawk some 19 hours before the pursuit.

The senior sergeant who medically retired from the service this year is alleged to have ignored a direction to pull back during the chase and allegedly performed an illegal PIT manoeuvre on the vehicle when it was travelling at low speed.

The court this morning heard Hurley would not take the stand and give evidence.

The prosecution will close their case this afternoon and Hurley’s defence are expected to make several submissions.

DURING THE TRIAL: FORMER cop Chris Hurley initially told police to stop the pursuit of a Bonnie-and-Clyde crime duo that landed him in court, a witness has revealed.

A police communications officer yesterday told the Southport Magistrates Court Hurley ordered the chase of two fugitives in a 4WD to be abandoned.

Hurley, the Southern District Duty Officer (DDO) at the time of the incident, was not involved in the chase, but later joined after a call from communications officer Senior Constable Heidi Kearns.

“Abandon, abandon, abandon from the DDO,” Ms Kearns relayed to crews, the court was told.

However, the pursuit continued and road spikes deployed. The chase included Hurley’s car allegedly performing a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), which caused the 4WD to turn sideways and stop.

Former Senior Sergeant Hurley is contesting two counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle relating to his alleged behaviour during a high-speed chase on May 17, 2015 at Pacific Pines. His trial is expected to run for three days.

The court heard Ms Kearns initially phoned Hurley “so she could establish what was happening” because the crews on the road were not communicating.

However, the prosecution alleged Hurley was later ordered to stop pursuing the 4WD but ignored the direction.

He is accused of colliding with the 4WD despite a second radio message from a DDO telling police to “drop back”, the court heard. It is not known who gave the order.

The 4WD was travelling about “30-40km” at the time Hurley’s car collided with it, it is alleged.

The court heard five police cars were involved in the pursuit. While police didn’t know it at the time, the 4WD contained Sarah Boyd and Joel Gillard who had bashed and robbed a taxi driver with a tomahawk and held up a service station.

They later pleaded guilty in the Southport District Court to the crime spree that saw them drive the wrong way up several major Gold Coast roads including the Smith St Motorway.

Barry Wellington, who was in the car with Hurley at the time of the pursuit, has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was committed to stand trial in the Southport District Court in April.

Hurley medically retired from the Queensland Police Service this year.

The hearing continues today.


 on: July 11, 2017, 03:00:20 PM 
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A former Queensland police officer pleads guilty to attempted murder of wife, two children

A BRISBANE man used his knowledge as a former police officer to plot the murders of his wife and two children in a frenzied stabbing attack at their family home.

The man in his 40s, who cannot be named to protect the identities of the victims, has pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to three charges of attempted murder.

This afternoon he was sentenced to life in prison.

Justice Peter Flanagan said there were only two to three precedent cases for life sentences on attempted murder charges in Queensland.

But he said the horrific nature of the man’s attempted killing spree warranted the tough sentence.

“All three victims carry with them to this day the terrible scars of that night,” the judge said.

The man was a police officer for 17 years before resigning in 2008.

He will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years.

Earlier, the court heard harrowing details of his rampage through the family home on February 2, 2014.

Crown prosecutor Dejana Kovac said the man hatched the plan in response to his wife discovering he had had multiple affairs with prostitutes.

“He was in fact spending money on his sexual activities ... and even (pawned his wife’s) engagement ring to fund prostitutes,” Ms Kovac said.

He plotted the murder of his family for about a week beforehand, deciding 6am was the best time to coincide with shift changes at the police station.

He selected two knives from the kitchen and crept into his wife’s bedroom first — because “he knew she would be the hardest person to kill”.

Ms Kovac said he “savagely attacked her”, targeting her thighs and neck “hoping to hit an artery”.

“ ... She could not defend herself from his brutal attack,” she said.

The man thought he’d done enough to kill her judging by the bloodshed.

The woman’s screams woke their young son, which Ms Kovac said upset the man “because he was hoping he would kill his son while he was asleep”.

He approached the child as he sat with a blanket around him in the living room and stabbed him twice in the neck.

The child replied: “That hurt, don’t do it again”.

By now the couple’s daughter had woken and witnessed the attack on her little brother.

She tried desperately to escape, but her father chased her through the house.

“She fought back, begged him to stop ... ,” Ms Kovac said.

The child pleaded: “I thought you loved me” as she suffered up to 40 stab wounds.

The attack came to an end when the man’s wife managed to phone Triple 0.

The family miraculously survived, although they have significant physical and emotional scars.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, the man’s wife described her bodily scarring as a “road map” of an attack that could never be erased.

She said she’d continued to have nightmares of her daughter pleading with her father not to kill her.

“My children will carry this trauma with them for the rest of their lives, lives that I hope will be long despite the attempted efforts of their father to cut them short,” the statement said.

“My children are now growing up with the stigma, shame and pain of having a parent who tried to murder them.

“The first time (my children) saw me after the crime I was still in hospital. I can never forget the shock and fear on their faces when they saw me ... I had tubes and drains coming out of my neck and face, I was weak. “(My children) didn’t know if they could hug me because there wasn’t anywhere that they could see that wasn’t injured.

“My body is littered with scars, I remember counting the number of wounds I had after my stitches were removed. I was chilled by the number: 71.”


 on: July 01, 2017, 09:20:20 PM 
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Sunday July 2 Brisbane, Australia will host the largest boxing event to an estimated crowd of 55,000 at Suncorp Stadium for the highly anticipated Battle of Brisbane. Boxing sensation Jeff Horn takes on boxing legend Manny Pacquiao for the WBO World Welterweight title, a unique fight brought to you by world boxing leaders Top Rank USA and Duco Events New Zealand.

WBO number one welterweight contender Jeff Horn (16.0.1) has earned the grand opportunity to show the world boxing organisations he's ready to be their champion and where better to do it than in front of your home crowd. Competing at an International level against former world title challengers and champions steadily climbing the ladder world rankings caught the attention of the right people at the right time, delivering an impressive knockout win December last year over former IBO world welterweight champion Ali Funeka in front of Pacquiao's long-time promoter Bob Arum in New Zealand sealed the deal and got the ball rolling for negotiations to begin. Some may say who is Ali Funeka, who is Sung-Yul Lee...

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 on: June 29, 2017, 10:36:58 PM 
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1000 corruption allegations against police in three months: CCC reports

More than 1000 allegations of corruption relating to Queensland police have been made in the past three months, according to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

In information reported to the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Committee on June 12, the CCC received 798 complaints of corruption containing 1513 allegations between February 1 to April 30 this year.

Of those complaints, 1009 related to police and 504 related to other public sector agencies, including government-owned corporations.

The CCC assessed 694 of those complaints, of which nine were retained as CCC investigations, 451 were referred to the appropriate agency and 234 required no further action.

As a result of investigations led by the CCC, 10 police officers were charged with 49 offences.

A Joint Assessment and Moderation Committee between CCC and Queensland Police Service assessed 456 complaint matters in the six months to April 2017.

In terms of CCC's organised crime and criminal paedophilia investigations, seven people were charged with 575 offences between February 1 and April 30 this year.

The CCC conducted four investigations that resulted in four people being charged with 30 child sex offences.

A CCC report on options for preventing and disrupting cold-call investment fraud was handed into the Attorney-General for consideration while a CCC assessment of amphetamine-type manufacturing trends in Queensland was finalised and delivered to national and international law enforcement agencies.

Since the CCC's last annual report, there have been 19 restraining orders obtained over property valued at $6.2 million, with the state the recipient of seven forfeitures of property valued at $930,000.

There are 96 civil confiscation matters involving restrained property valued at $53.33 million in progress.


 on: June 16, 2017, 11:02:45 PM 
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Shannon O'Connell v Marcela Acuna 17.06.17

Australia WBC Silver Super Bantamweight champion Shannon O'Connell lands in Argentina, fist ready, for the fight of a life time challenging Argentines number one and reigning Super Bantamweight champion Marcela Acuna at Caseros, Buerios Aires for the IBF World Super Bantamweight title on June 17. This is a fight not to be missed, International boxing queens Marcela Eliana Acuna and Shannon 'Shotgun' O'Connell two female boxers combative in their quest to fight the best, great ambassadors for women's boxing worldwide, professional athletes in one of the toughest sports fathered by the one and only, greatest of all time.

Argentine national boxing icon Marcela Acuna has a big following, veteran of the ring at forty years of age with an impressive record of forty-five wins, nineteen by knockout and current IBF Super Bantamweight champion. Confident with 20 years experience, dominating the division a well groomed fighter born to fight from a young age, Acuna is a black belt Tigress of Martial Arts putting her stamp on professional boxing in 1997 achievimg six world titles in two weight divisions, she's the pride of Argentina's boxing, proving age is only a number when it comes to a sport you are born to compete in. 

Australian Shannon O'Connell has a stamp of her own, signing to fight on foreign ground against a seasoned skilled opponent, a young gun boxer thats been tearing her way through the division hunting down world titles landing in Acunas backyard ready to rumble. O'Connell made the hard decision of missing out on fighting in one of Australia's biggest boxing events Battle of Brisbane WBO Welterweight title between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn, estimated to be a crowd of 60,000, trading it in for her shot at the IBF super bantamweight title eyes firmly set on prying the prestigious title from the clutches of crowd favourite Marcela Eliana Acuna.

Shannon O'Connell is a great representation and inspiration fighting all that's been put before her, taking risks and making important decisions, twenty fights into her professional career with fifteen wins letting everyone know she is here and here to stay. Fighting the majority of her bouts away from home O'Connell stepped up in weight, two years after her professional debut in 2011 heading to South Korea for the WBA featherweight title. Unsuccessful and hungry it didn't take long for her to agree to the next opportunity to fight for the WBF featherweight title in South Africa, this time successful winning by knockout in the seventh round, both contests against undefeated opponents. Not one to shy away from the odds stacked up against her she accepted a fight with USA based fellow Australian champion and former WIBA world super featherweight champion Diana Prazak in 2014 suffering a techniacal knockout in round five.

"Shannon is one of the best fighters I've ever trained and probably one of the best fighters I ever will train. She's the complete package. She's got the mongrel, she's got the determination, she's got the toughness and she's got the skill to go with it to hit the top"

Words from the man by her side trainer Luke Meldon the man O'Connell trusts with her life inside the ring, a bond and trust essential when you have hit the top. Preparation for the fight has been disruptive with the passing of Shannon's grandfather two weeks before taking flight to Argentina, a fight that was originally penned for July 2 on the Pacquiao v Horn card but due to Acuna's reluctance to fight away from home and come Down Under, O'Connell is forced to fight the champion in the one sided fan based stadium, forever proud to represent her grass roots is sure to inspire the fire inside one of the most primed dedicated boxers of Australia.

Team O'Connell have a strong home base supported by Hosking Promotions, Fortitude Boxing and Duco Events a close team she calls family, a pure devoted boxer with superior resilience to be admired by all who know her work ethic and dedication to a sport she bleeds and lives for. Punching her way through battles in life and in the ring, never giving up led her to the shores of New Zealand winning a critical fight impressing Top Rank CEO and Manny Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum landing her in the position she's in today, guaranteed a crowd pleasing fight ready to give it her all and do what she takes great pride in.

 on: June 15, 2017, 08:41:42 PM 
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 on: June 13, 2017, 11:38:57 PM 
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Police Who Pre-Emptively Kill Suspected Terrorists Will Be Protected

By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim

The NSW government is set to introduce new laws by the end of this month which give police immunity for pre-emptively shooting a person they suspect of terrorism, even if that person does not pose an imminent threat to others.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that she will support all 45 of the recommendations from the coronial inquest report into the Lindt Café siege, and will prioritise those which give police more powers and protect them from civil and criminal prosecution.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller acknowledged that police already have the power to “shoot-to-kill” people they suspect of terrorism in situations analogous to the recent London attacks – where they pose an imminent threat to public safety.

However, he feels that situations like the Lindt Cafe siege are a grey area, as it was unclear whether Man Haron Monis was going to act upon his threats.

As it turned out, Monis was later categorised as a “deranged gunman” suffering from “mental health problems” who was not affiliated with any particular group, whether terrorist or otherwise.

Under the proposed legislation, police would be authorised to “shoot-to-kill” suspected participants once the commissioner declared an event to be a “terrorist incident”, regardless of whether those suspected of involvement pose an imminent threat to others.


Critics point out that the proposed legislation confers virtually unfettered power on the police commissioner to determine whether an event constitutes a “terrorist incident”, and therefore when his colleagues will be protected from prosecution for wounding or killing people.

They are concerned he will declare such events “all too readily” in the interests of protecting police, thereby increasing the likelihood of police unnecessarily shooting and killing people. Critics are concerned that “rogue” police officers who carelessly shoot people will be protected, even if it turns out that their targets were completely innocent of any crime, and/or the shooting was not justified.

There are also fears that the legislation will cause the escalation of situations which could be kept under control and ultimately defused, again potentially leading to the loss of innocent lives.

There are additional concerns about the commissioner’s ability to identify whether a situation constitutes a “terrorist event”, with critics arguing that current laws which require an imminent risk to persons or the public representing a more appropriate mechanism for determining whether a particular individual should be shot or killed.

Shoot first and ask question later

New South Wales police are already being trained in specialised tactics based on a ‘confront and neutralise’ policy, and have access to semi-automatic weapons to act in order to protect themselves and members of the public.

The question, then, is whether the proposed legislation – which gives the minister significant powers, allows for the “pre-emptive” killing of suspects and protects rogue and careless police officers from prosecution – is really a good idea.


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