Petition to have NSW Police Minister David Elliott removed

Petition to have NSW Police Minister David Elliott removed

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Rosie Rae started this petition to NSW Police

NSW Police Minister David Elliott should be removed from his post.

Guardian Australia revealed on Wednesday that in the last three years police in NSW have strip-searched 122 girls, including two 12-year-olds.

He has demonstrated through his careless response to various children being strip searched, that on duty Police are careless, and grossly misinformed when these types of strip searches are conducted. And that Police views in relation to drug searches are out of touch, miscalculated and often callous in the way that they are enacted.

The LECC inquiry last month heard that some officers did not know their obligation in relation to minors and, in the case of the 16-year-old, there was no justification for initiating the search.

The New South Wales police minister, David Elliott, has defended the practice of strip-searching minors, saying he would want police to strip-search his children if they were suspected of breaking the law.

This not an acceptable response regarding the abuse, and violation of minors by the NSW Police. Child safety, and protection should remain paramount. And personalising this issue, does not simply waive the disregard basic human rights.

Not only are Police strip searches over zealous, and in most cases unwarranted. As it stands, this an issue that could potentially affect many children's & marginalised individual's safety. And the type of underlying trauma that may come as a result of this kind of invasive practice is not yet known to its full extend.

Strip searching children, and especially Indigenous children is a gross misuse of Police power. The rampant use of Police strip searches as a means of dealing the 'war on drugs', is a waste of tax payer money.

 

 

 

 

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