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.