CCC Police investigation for Roe 8 protests

CCC Police investigation for Roe 8 protests

We are calling for a Corruption and Crime investigation into the policing of the protests to Save the Beeliar Wetlands. A report recently launched by the Beeliar Legal Support team documents over twenty incidents of excessive use of force, unlawful use of pepper spray, injuries from horses, tasers being used to threaten minors, unlawful arrests, innocent people being strip searched and a culture of aggression towards nonviolent community activists.

In addition a survey with more than 200 respondents, revealed a devastating loss of trust in the community, including significant findings relating to more than 100 children and how they viewed ...

We are calling for a Corruption and Crime investigation into the policing of the protests to Save the Beeliar Wetlands. A report recently launched by the Beeliar Legal Support team documents over twenty incidents of excessive use of force, unlawful use of pepper spray, injuries from horses, tasers being used to threaten minors, unlawful arrests, innocent people being strip searched and a culture of aggression towards nonviolent community activists.

In addition a survey with more than 200 respondents, revealed a devastating loss of trust in the community, including significant findings relating to more than 100 children and how they viewed police as a result of the protests – in addition to numerous violent incidents witnessed and experienced and a notably different approach taken to Aboriginal activists.

As SCALES community legal service noted, “Over 200 people have spoken and they have raised issues with police conduct. These are people from many different backgrounds, who have witnessed this police action first hand. That alone should be enough reason to properly look into the way in which police have carried out their duty

We want the newly elected ALP government to take this opportunity to renew community trust in police by properly investigating the systemic issues documented.

* The report was written by CounterAct and Beeliar Legal Support, and the recommendations are supported by Rethink the Link, the Conservation Council of WA, Flemington Kensington Legal Service, the National Police Accountability Network, SCALES Community Legal Service (Murdoch School of Law) and Friends of the Earth (with thanks for hosting this action)

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Email Police Minister Roberts

In early May we released the “Policing of Beeliar protests” report, which documented a substantial list of incidents of excessive and unlawful force used against the mainstream community protesters defending the Beeliar wetlands during the period December 2016-March 2017.

We are calling on Police Minister Michelle Roberts to heed our call for an independent investigation, and support a Corruption and Crime Commission Investigation.


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