Police brutality in the land of the free

The first verse of the Australian national anthem at times does not reflect the state of being:

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
“Advance Australia fair!”

A recent spate of violent incidents at the Sydney Mardi Gras has highlighted the use of excessive force by police.

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Sydney teen in Mardi Gras ‘brutality’ video speaks out

In recent months, we’ve seen numerous cases of New South Wales (NSW) police misusing violent force, stifling investigation, and colluding to cover up their actions.

Here’s a sampling of recent events:

“NSW coroner calls police thuggish over Taser death”

“Lawyer slams police who tasered 14yo boy”

“Closing Ranks” An episode of 4 Corners: “The story of Adam Salter raises many questions, including the issue of how lethal force is used by police. But perhaps the most profound question it raises is: can the police be trusted to investigate themselves?”

NSW coroner calls police thuggish over Taser death NSW Coroner compared the police who tasered a Brazilian student 14 times to the schoolboy savages in Lord of the Flies but found no grounds for action against them.

12 thoughts on “Police brutality in the land of the free

  1. Quite shameful and sad that a few thugs in uniform tarnish the professionals who make up the majority of the police force.

    I believe this occurs in most countries – does not make it right, but we find thugs everwhere.

    • Thank you for your comment, I tend to switch off from the stuff that’s going on around me. I felt I needed to say something as my friends have been directly affected.

  2. Love the juxtaposition of the national anthem and the reality of police brutality, Robert. Let us put our energies towards the “fair.” {{{hugs]}} Kozo

  3. I think it’s so horrible that this happened – not only for the obvious reasons but also because Mardi Gras wouldn’t be able to happen each year if it wasn’t for the thousands of police men and women who protect the parade participants and the audience.

    It just takes one idiot to ruin a lot of people’s hard work!

    So, I would just like to say: Thank you to the rest of the men and women in blue who made the night the success that it was – it wouldn’t have happened without you.

  4. As an ex Sydney sider, I am saddened to read this. But as a UK citizen now, I am even more distressed to note the complete lack of law and order over here, and the ‘impotence’ of the police as they are not armed, and not allowed to do anything to control riots or loutish behaviour. It leaves me feeling quite unsafe at times……

    • I apologise for not responding to your comment almost a year ago. The human World is truly a disturbing place. I will check out your blog to see you are going. Robert

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