Thursday, 26 December 2013

NSW cops - know your rights factsheet

With the 2014 Mardi Gras on the way we will all be having our attention somewhat focused on the performance of our police, as compared to the obscenities that occurred in this years parade. As part of this lead up the Inner City Legal Centre has put together a fact sheet on exactly what your rights are regarding police powers and their searches for possible drugs. It makes for some interesting reading.
Police powers and drug searches 
If you have attended Mardi Gras, Sleaze Ball or a music festival in recent years, you have probably noticed a significant police presence, often accompanied by sniffer dogs looking for people carrying drugs. If you are stopped and searched by police, it is important to know your rights and what police can and can’t do. The following fact sheet outlines police powers regarding stopping you, searching you and using sniffer dogs. more
I note that nowhere in there does it state that it's OK for 5 cops to assault a person for crossing the road. Or for cops to arrest someone for tickling people.

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