Police culture

Mick Stacey, Ballina

It’s great to see the outpouring of concern re Deaths in Custody.

Back in the ‘80s, my partner and I were active supporters in the organisation, Committee To Defend Black Rights, which was directly involved in bringing about two Royal Commissions. None of which brought about anything positive, except the publicity (one thing that came to light, was that it wasn’t just First Nations people who were dying in custody).

Since then the rate of incarceration of Indigenous Australians has skyrocketed, and there have been 432 black deaths in custody. Nothing to be proud of as a nation.

In that time the police have been given a lot more power, and more than once, my partner and I have been victim of their viciousness and lies, and we know others that can tell similar stories.

I acknowledge it is not an easy job, but just like the US, I think we are long overdue for a culture change. After all, they are workers, we do pay their wages, and supposedly, they make an oath to the Queen to serve the public with honour.

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3 responses to “Police culture”

  1. I fully endorse your statement, Mick. When my friend and I attended the Land Warfare Conference as members of Just Peace in the Brisbane Convention Centre we were violently expelled by police despite the fact that we both wore passes for which we had paid. I was hurled to the floor in front of delegates, my jacket torn and my hands nylon cuffed so tightly the nerves were damaged. We were subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse. I am glad to report that the court cancelled all charges and awarded damages. This bully boy behaviour expressed by a minority of police is often levelled against those of us who speak out against injustice or dare to step out of line. It must stop!

  2. Gareth, nothing surprises me. The ‘bully boys’ need
    to be ‘educated again’ all along the ‘watch tower.’ If
    that doesn’t work – chuck them out. Qld seems to be
    their breeding-ground.

  3. Barry says:

    How do we get good people to police? A question for the ages.

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