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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Take off your clothes and bend over.

As I reported in the article "Bang, bang.......stop or I'll shoot!" cops very quickly go from upholding the law to thinking they "are" the law and can dispense it at their own discretion.
(For example, the Rodney King-thing in L.A. a few years ago!)

Even though this story is 12 years old we are hearing about it here for the first time and it goes to show that some things never change.

On the morning of May 20, 1994, Ms Gray was taken by sheriff officers to Narre Warren Police Station in Victoria, Australia to convert some $400 in unpaid parking fines into community service work.

Shortly after her arrival she was made to stand naked in the corridor of the station as a sheriff's officer, Janet Pike, and Senior Constable Sandra Hatch searched her clothing and person.

In March 2001, a jury awarded her damages totalling $337,000 and represents the highest damages award for police misbehaviour.

Ms Gray said today she was glad the case had been finalised, but an apology "would still be nice".

"All I've asked for for the last nine years is a simple apology and I have never gotten it. Two courts have now found they acted wrongly and all this has just been so unnecessary."

I guess the cops weren't taking any chances with scofflaws in their city, after all, you can never be too careful.
Right boys?

Your ever-vigilant scribe;
Allan W Janssen



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