Petition calls for an independent police complaints body over Mardi Gras incident

Jed Horner, AHRCentre member, together with the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), ACON and the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) unveiled a joint petition aimed at forcing a debate in the State Parliament on the legislative framework governing complaints about Police conduct in New South Wales. This comes after well-publicised events following this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras Parade and ongoing community concerns over the use of drug dogs and the nature of search procedures at parties.

The petition requires 10,000 signatures, which must be given by hand, to force such a debate in Parliament.

NSW GLRL co-convenor Dr Justin Koonin commented, “This petition is a critical part of a broader response to concerns raised at a community forum held in March, jointly convened by Mardi Gras, ACON, the NSW GLRL, the Inner City Legal Centre and Alex Greenwich MP.  New South Wales currently has a system whereby Police often investigate cases of alleged misconduct themselves and this appears inconsistent with principles of natural justice, transparency and accountability”. Read more here.

The petition is available at: http://glrl.org.au/images/petitions/nsw-police.pdf 

 

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