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Justice by Colour and Postcode

All street savvy homeless and marginalised people know that they run the daily risk of being apprehended and fitted with a set of charges they are completely innocent of. Mostly, these are assault police charges relating to when police have actually assaulted them.

 In a perverse twist on paint by numbers, NSW police routinely deliver justice by colour, by postcode.

 A recent news item http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25563814-1242,00.html outlines a shocking case of a polynesian man recently apprehended for drink driving in the Mount Druitt area. There are many outrageous acts perpetrated by multiple officers. Apart from the completely over the top assault, too common by out of control racist police, there are the actions of the Polair camera operator,who panned away from the action in an obvious attempt to cover for his ground bound associates. There are the three officers who “just happened” to obscure the cars video feed. There is of course the routine violence against a handcuffed man. Scipione, that scion of squeaky clean policing quickly points out that further inquiries were initiated by police.Of course they were. Thats how confident they were that they will receive the usual preferential treatment at any inquiry. The prosecutor asked that the Polair video not be made public, saying “its not in the public interest.” What??? Its not in our interests to see rare video footage of normal every day policing? We sympathise with the lone voice of the female police officer who did not see the victim assaulting police; she has committed suicide as far as policing is concerned.No LAC will want her in his command and she has sentenced herself to ridicule by her peers, exclusion from the police party circuit, desk duties and non-existent promotional opportunities. Scipiones squeaky clean police force??? Ha Ha ha

 Our community has an acute awareness of this style of policing, more so the aboriginal members of our community. Police attitude is “the whiter you are the righter you are”. We have watched over the years as police routinely victimise not only by race,but by postcode.

 A well known example among us is of a young girl from one of the listed postcodes who went to a party with her best friend at a waterfront home of an acquaintance.Aged 14.Anyway, girl we know and bestie leave the party drunk, with a bottle of spirits each. Police arrive, and correctly confiscate alcohol, put girls in police car. At station, police make decision to return Vaucluse resident to her parents, while sending listed postcode girl to DoCs.

 Luckily, very left leaning parents of Vaucluse girl hired lawyers to check on the whereabouts safety etc of postcode list girl,(whose parents had not yet been informed that she was in custody) and spent the night getting her out. In discussions with them, they could not understand why the girls were treated differently and neither can we!!!

Here is a list of HOT POSTCODES where police instructions are to apply the full force of the law,to all who reside in the area.

2011 Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Potts Point

2016 Redfern,Waterloo

2204 Marrickville

2037 Glebe

2559 Claymore

2560 Rosemeadow,Airds

2190 Greenacre

2168 Cartwright

2166 Canley Vale

2167 Glenfield

2770 Mt Druitt

2768 Glenwood

If your address is in these postcodes, you will more than likely face a more extensive range of charges, in a dispute you are more likely to be seen as the transgressor.Why? Its called smart policing.Its about getting convictions- quickly and cheaply.You are seen as most likely to use legal aid,often the only legal recourse you have.What they don’t widely publicise is that there are several possible avenues of defence which legal aid lawyers do not consider, such as forensic and expert witnesses. Legal Aid doesn’t cover that. Also, Vaucluse residents are more likely to not only have the funds to mount an actual defence, but their level of education is likely to be higher- this is what governments collect statistics for.

 It is not so much that there is more crime in your area if you happen to live in one of the above postcodes. Actually there is probably more crime on a daily in the eastern suburbs.Just less ethnics, more money, harder to win convictions.

 

 

As has always been suspected, NSW police are as racist and violent as they have always been. After countless ineffective inquiries in which police investigate police, only the tokenistic words have changed. It’s like the mafia investigating the mafia or the banks investigating the banks. Police Integrity? Its a contradiction in terms.

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Disturbing Police reports

We have received an alarming number of reports from homeless as well as social housing tenants of an
upsurge in police siezures of personal property. In several notifications items of value have been taken by police
“suspected of being stolen” including cash, mobile phones and cameras. One reporter notes a brand new computer taken over 2 years ago after receipts were produced and never returned,A disturbing trend is that many of these confiscations are happening without any paperwork.

Increased Police Powers;
There are also increased reports of police move on powers being used on the grounds “suspect of being drunk.” Police have monitoring equipment to confirm whether a person is actually drunk or drug affected, but this legislation removes any requirement for them to use it.
The opinion of a police officer is not good enough and hasmuch potential to be applied maliciously, or racially. Homeless people are at constant risk of move on laws being applied even when gathering or sitting peacefully in any public place, simply because someone may find them scary or intimidating. Perhaps we need to start reporting people wearing police uniforms as scary or intimidating? Many homeless are genuinely scared of police. For some of non european and especially indigenous descent,there is the very real risk of death at the hands of what are seen as gung ho pro european, anglo police.

 Premier Rees government, as with Iemma before him, have provied a blank chequebook, and draconian police powers to Commissioner Scipione. Scipione is the commissioner who announced that t-shirts and placards of protesters at the world youth day events would have to be screened and pre approved by police. Thankfully, he was slapped down by a somewhat bemused judge. But what did Scipione have in mind as an extension of his logic? A pre approval process for media releases, or, perhaps, making it illegal for all groups without police officers as members to protest? Well, along with his demands for Tasers, Rees has also rushed through parliament a two rafts of draconian legislation, one of which even the State Attorney General Opposed. Popularly promoted as anti gang legislation, these laws in fact apply to any organisation which the commissioner of police sees fit to apply it to. Potentially the ACTU, Muslim and non-christian organisations, even businesses, beware. Civil Liberties organisations, and even Greenpeace can be a “proscribed organisation”.People recruiting for it subject to 5 years jail. The legislation does not deal with,and we await with interest, the “proscribing” of a “gang” which has seen no reason to register itself as an entity, so does not officially exist.. All this power resides in the hands of NSW Commissioner of Police,at this time, Scipione. The real rub, though, is in the Rees decreed court process. According to the legislation, the Attorney General may nominate a particular case to be heard before a particular judge, and for judges delivering verdicts displeasing to government to be banned from hearing such cases.So much for the independence of the judiciary. Could this legislation could be applied to homeless people, with the commissioner simply deeming the existence of a gang? Assurances from legislators or police are not worth the airspace they are heard in. With NSW Police facing longstanding and ongoing criticism from within aboriginal & other groups as the most racist on earth, this must be stopped

 According to mainstream media reports a 33 year old female Kings Cross Police officer was assaulted and robbed while walking to work in Kings Cross. Comment on the Street ranges from  “they don’t care about us,we don’t care about them” to “there is justice.” Without doubt, many of our margnalised community have experienced violence at the hands of police. There have been numerous deaths. A Woolloomooloo youth of South American ethnicity was shot while unarmed by police about nine years ago. We have no records of convictions of police for that shooting.

Police,especially in Kings Cross, are not known for their empathy with street or marginalised people. In fact,Kings Cross police in co-operation with then Mayor Lucy Turnbull( wife of liberal Malcolm) used to regularly take bedding off street people at about ten oclock every night, probably in the hope that they would go away.

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