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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Independent investigation of police conduct now essential

Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012   Media Release

The latest in a string of police shootings and Taserings, this time seeing
a young Aboriginal man shot and then punched by police in Kings Cross,
requires a genuinely independent investigation of police conduct, not
simply police investigating police.  The NSW Greens Justice Spokesperson
David Shoebridge will today be referring this matter to the Police
Integrity Commission seeking the watchdog’s immediate intervention.

See report in the Sydney Morning Herald:

NSW Greens MP and Justice Spokesperson, David Shoebridge said:

“It is not good enough to only have police investigating police in cases
where there are serious questions about the police use of firearms and

“The footage now in the public domain, of a police officer striking this
young Aboriginal man after he had been shot and dragged from the vehicle,
raises serious and legitimate questions about police conduct that require
an independent investigation.

“Those questions cannot be answered with confidence when the only
investigation of police conduct is one undertaken by other police.

“It is remarkable that once again the police spokesperson, Assistant
Commissioner Murdoch, has sought to exonerate police before a full
investigation has been undertaken.

“This is the same officer who was recently used by police to unwittingly
vindicate his own son’s conduct in a punching incident at the SCG.

“Unless and until there is independent scrutiny of this kind of police
conduct the community cannot have confidence that they will get the true
picture of what exactly happened on the night in question.

“I will be referring this matter to the Police Integrity Commission seeking
the watchdog’s immediate intervention in this case.

“The recent spate of police shootings, coming on top of the death of a
young Brazilian man following multiple police Taserings, confirms the need
for an independent body to be established to automatically investigate
those incidents involving police use of deadly force,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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