In summer a cricket-goer at the SCG was filmed being punched repeatedly by a police officer. The footage was aired on national television and it turned out that the officer was the son of someone important – who I seem to recall knew instantly that the police officer filmed had acted correctly.
The Sydney Morning Herald is following the court hearing about the matter and has helpfully published the footage again. It’s interesting to note that the officer used ‘approved techniques‘ and that his colleague saw nothing. Presumably the colleague who saw nothing isn’t the person in the video who looks as though he’s right behind the officer who has been charged.
When Laman Street campaigners climbed over fences in October and sat in front of fences in February the police used ‘approved techniques’ on several of us. For my part, since we’d never been asked by the police to move and were instead assaulted, sorry, ‘managed in an approved manner’ – actions do speak louder than words after all – I complained to the local police department.
A couple of interesting things came out of it: neither police officer was able to view two of the three videos I sent them by email. Apparently the police department has a firewall their investigative skills couldn’t breach. Yeah right.
And pinching and trying to break someone’s wrist is ‘approved management’. And the last, presumably most senior officer’s conclusion was that ‘I knew I needed to move’ even though the direction wasn’t given.
I recall that when a woman fell outside the Council chamber after being pushed by a councillor, the police spokesman said ‘the allegation had been refuted.
“One of the problems was that many of the so-called witnesses were not independent,” he said. Che?
Speechless. Anyway, if you can bear watching someone being beaten up, have a look at the SMH video of one of our finest.