Laws for greater accountability against excessive force and indifference towards it

Laws for greater accountability against excessive force and indifference towards it

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Ryan L. started this petition to NSW Parliament and

I write this petition in the hopes of changing the deliberate use of excessive force, by the Australian and NSW police.

An officer was placed on restricted duties on Tuesday 2nd June 2020, after footage surfaced of him tripping the Indigenous teenager while arresting him, slamming the boy face-first on to bricks.

And this incident further highlights the need for police to undergo "conflict resolution therapy"; because no one should have to endure having their skull smashed into the concrete because an officer was "having a bad day".


This issue with respect to Australia highlights a gross systemic issue in Australia with respect to police officers using excessive force, as it is not an appropriate response to slam someones face into concrete because they swore at you or even verbally threatened you.

NSW Police Commissioner defends the police officer who slammed the young aboriginal boys face into the ground, because he was "having a bad day".


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/03/nsw-police-minister-elliott-horrified-indigenous-teens-language-slammed-gladys-berejiklian

Video of incident: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-2183298/Video-Police-officer-slams-Aboriginal-man-threatened-him.html&ved=2ahUKEwiO1v_YgefpAhWDxDgGHePuDp4Qo7QBMAF6BAgDEAE&usg=AOvVaw19aAPb6EuXu4hxOErEY-Ej


"Having a bad day" Is a deplorable excuse for such violence! It is totally reprehensible and unnacceptable and highlights the immediate need for systemic reform to address police use of excessive force and the deliberate indifference to the use of excessive force!


Such action would never be accepted or condoned by the Police force to the community, or the Australian Courts

Arresting a suspect and using physical force  should be a last resort for police officer, as should the use of such excessive force such as slamming someone into the ground, only when someone escalates with physical violence themselves, but never is it needed to restrain someone to slam someones face into the ground, nor stepping on someones neck for 8 minutes. 


If a Police officer cannot control a suspect after using handcuffs, then they should not be a police officer.

 

Petition demands:

1. Laws to make deliberate indifference to the use of excessive force punishable with harsh criminal penalties, as well as harsher penalties for the excessive use of force and deliberate indifference to the use of excessive force by police officers

 

2. Laws which make it mandatory for body mounted cameras to be equipped by all on-duty police officers as well as to ensure that all body mounted cameras worn by all police officers are mandatorily turned on during all police work and to ensure the cameras field of view is not obstructed at all times during the police officers course of duty, which occurs outside in the domain of the public property.


Body cameras are currently an optional tool for police officers policing in the public. The systemic problem with these body mounted cameras is that they do not currently do the job they were designed for.

Currently, body mounted cameras worn by police offiers do not serve their purpose of taking an accurate recording of events and are a tool used to serve police officers

There are no laws in place which make the use of such bodily camera mandatory for police officers tp equip and use at all incidents they attend whilst on duty, as well as laws which would make it mandatory for such bodily mounted cameras to be turned on, filled with a storage device with enough capacity capable of recording at least 24 hours of footage at all times, and the cameras field of view not obstructed when turned on.

 


3. Law to enforce all data captured by mandatorily worn body-mounted cameras police officers use, to be sent to and stored by an independent organisation, after data captured by mandatorily worn body-mounted cameras is immediately uploaded and stored on a secure server on the internet, to ensure that police officers can not interfere with or delete data captured by mandatorily worn body mounted cameras, thwarting any attempts at police officers deleting evidence  captured by body mounted cameras which may make them liable for any malpractice.


4. Law to ensure that all police officers must establish an internet connection and upload link to the internet between the internet and a body mounted camera, when engaging with the start of their police shifts, before they officially go on-duty at the start of each shift, to ensure that all events which happen outside in the domain of the public during the officer exercising the course of their duties is captured and recorded data.


5. Law to make it mandatory for all probationary police officers or prospective police academy graduates have to attend 20 weeks of conflict resolution skills courses designed to make them understand what is abuse and violence, and to understand the process of how conflict situations escalate to abusive and violent interactions as well as strategies to ensure situations do not escalate to abusive or violent interactions as far as reasonably practiceable:


6. Law to enforce the use of the term "Police Service"; instead of "Police Force"; on all Police material.


7. Laws to impose community policing programs for each Local Area Command as well as making it mandatory for each police chief of each Local Area Command to engage with such an organisation which bears the responsibility of facilitating such community policing programs.

These community policing programs run by members of the public would be designed to manage and escalate complaints against specific police officers, and seeking resolutions for public complains, whether it be reprimand by mandatory study into specific courses for officers who are subject to a complaint, or further action such as temporary or permanent suspension of their position, as well as a recommendation for escalation of the complaint to the civil court for further action.

 

 

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