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One of the officers involved in the arrest of a teenager in the Byron CBD last year has been charged with common assault.

A screen grab of the A Current Affair footage, which was taken by Byron locals who witnessed the incident. (Channel Nine)

NSW Police this morning issued a statement saying that an officer had been charged over the incident and would appear in court on December 2.

The teenager was arrested by four officers in the early hours of February 11 last year in Lateen Lane.

The laying of the charge follows an investigation into the incident by the law enforcement conduct commission, which referred the matter to the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (NSWDPP) for advice about whether charges could be laid against the officer.

The Commission found that the officer engaged in serious misconduct by applying 19 baton strikes to the young person. It made no adverse findings against the other officers involved in the young person’s apprehension.

On Wednesday the officer was issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice, and he will now appear in Byron Local court on December 2.

NSW Police has previously indicated that the officer is no longer serving in the Byron region.

‘He is now performing duties at another command,’ a NSW Police spokesperson said.

The extended delay in deciding whether or not to lay charges in relation to the incident has drawn widespread criticism of the NSW DPP, and the system more broadly.

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties described the delay as ‘unacceptable’.

‘The young person… and the community are entitled to know, in a timely manner, where the accountability lies in relation to this incident… and whether the officer involved will be prosecuted,’ the secretary of the NSWCCL Therese Cochrane said.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. I hope the parents of their minor will seek legal advice as to litigate N.S.W. Police Force for the trauma their child will face for the rest of her life.
    If the police officer in question is on a pension for PTSD, then the humiliation brought about by this aggression act and humiliation without the presence of a guardian or family member or legal adviser is totally shameful.
    What is worse is that the officer purported had ‘no’ SOP’s on how to conduct a body search. This is a total failure of the Tweed Byron Constabulary to ensure how to carry out a body search prior to any event or situation whatsoever.

    • That’s NOT a great outcome !
      At least the four that comitted this atrocity ,should be dismissed,( never to be employed in any position of any authority ) and then serve their time for this far from ‘common’ assault. Then there is the question of their superiors who are,and should be held responsible for this behaviour by these morons
      These clowns were in a position of deadly authority over a naked ,defenceless teenager who was submissive…. and to my mind this is in the same league as the ‘common’ abuse of children by priests ,such as George Pell, who we are meant to believe is doing ‘ hard time’, Ha Ha ! that’ll be the day.
      Can anybody be satisfied if any of these scumbags are still lurking about in our midst, and who will they prey on next ?

      G”)

  2. gross miscarriage of justice here

    all four attending officers are guilty of this assault by, compliance and participation

    shocking decision

    lock these pricks up with our society’s other violent dreggs as they deserve

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