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SHOOTINGS, TASERS, COVER-UPS: rally at ombudsman’s office

NSW police, out of control

RALLY at THE OMBUDSMAN OFFICE,

JUNE 28, 4.30 p.m.

Corner of George & Bathurst Sts.

(Across from the Town Hall)

Questions for Mr. Bruce Barbour, NSW Ombudsman:

–How do you monitor Death in Custody Reports WHEN POLICE INVESTIGATE POLICE? –Are you able to re-investigate cases IF YOU SUSPECT POLICE REPORTS ARE NOT FACTUAL? –Can you deliver justice for the these victims and their families: (TJ HICKEY, VERONICA BAXTER, TERRY GRIFFITHS, ROBERTO LAUDICIO CURTI, THE BOYS SHOT AT KINGS CROSS AND OTHERS)? –CAN YOU STOP INCREASING NSW POLICE BRUTALITY? OUR DEMANDS STOP POLICE INVESTIGATING POLICE! BAN TASER USE BY POLICE FORCE! INDIGENOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION (ISJA) IF WE DONT FIGHT WE LOSE.

For further information contact Ray Jackson 0450651063 or Raul Bassi 0403037376 Join us on facebook:

we and our supporters strongly are of the opinion that we must take our fight to the office of the ombudsman as it is he that the nsw government and the police point to as being the arbiter of a final and just resolution to police investigating police. the task of an ombudsman is to investigate people’s complaints against public organisations. (oxford dictionary). the web page explains that his office has investigation power over many government departments including police, gaols, community services, juvenile justice, among others. like most if not all watch-keepers his office is under-staffed and under-resourced. purposely. that being the case nonetheless we must put to our nsw ombudsman, bruce barbour, questions as to how he is doing his job relative to police investigation issues. we are entitled to know and understand how he deals with these important issues. we will invite the nsw ombudsman, bruce barbour, to attend the rally and to publically answer the following 26 questions we have put to him by hand-delivered letter.

q1 how are you monitoring or overseeing the death in custody investigation reports from police into other police?

q2 do you personally attend to these reports or are they given to another investigation officer in your office?

q3 are you able to re-open or re-investigate a police investigation if you or one of your officers have problems or suspicions that the report is not factual?

q4 would you or your office do the re-investigation or would you refer it back to the same investigating team, or perhaps appoint another fresh investigative team but still with the police in control?

q5 in your 12 years as ombudsman have you ever called for a re-investigation of a police-related death in custody event? if yes, what was the outcome?

q6 apart from supplying your witnesses to police interviews is there any other action taken by your office during the police-on-police investigation?

q7 do you or your officers have any concerns that police investigate police on all matters?

q8 would you or your officers favour a civilian investigation team such as operate already in england, ontario – canada, northern ireland and new zealand?

q9 would it be your preference that such a civilian team work from your office?

q10 your report 2010 – 2011 shows that you are quite well aware of the lethality of the use of tasers by police, is this not a grave concern that must lead to the removal of tasers from the police armoury?

q11 isja clearly recognises that one death by tasering is one death too many, would you argue to the nsw government that tasers must be removed from the police, not only for death in custody events but also by there proven misuse by many police officers?

q12 police-related deaths in custody are increasing dramatically, there being 5 such nsw deaths reported in the first 5 months of this year, this being the case, why is there only the case of roberto laudisio curti mentioned on your web page?

q13 is it only the more publically controversial cases that are monitored by you or your office?

q14 do the so-called independent police investigation teams get a free run for those events thought to be less controversial?

q15 do you consider that you and your officers have a recognisable duty of care to find the truth of all police-related deaths in custody on behalf of those families involved?

q16 do you and your officers have the same monitoring and overseeing role for deaths in the nsw gaol system?

q17 do you and your officers have the same monitoring and overseeing role for deaths in custody in the nsw gaol system caused by a lack of duty of care by justice health officers?

q18 does the reports from your office on deaths in custody events by any custodial area go to the relevant coroner for his/her information and knowledge?

q19 are you monitoring and overseeing the hazardous shooting through the wind-screen of a car at kings cross recently by police?

q20 are all uses of tasers and/or glocks reported to and monitored by your office? anecdotally we are told such use of these lethal weapons is increasing virtually month by month, is this correct?

q21 can your office intervene into the use of these weapons? if not, why not?

q22 you were ombudsman in 2004, did you monitor the police-on-police investigation into the redfern police pursuit and subsequent death of 17 year old tj hickey? if not, why not?

q23 do you or your officers have any monitoring or overseeing role into the actions and decisions of the nsw coroners office?

q24 whilst your office has the legislated duty to monitor police and gaol complaints, among other areas, we know that the police integrity commission and the independent commission against corruption also have legislated rights to investigate police, what are the different responsibilities of each entity towards police corruption involved in police investigating police issues?

q25 is there any real concrete and positive action you and your officers can take to reduce police brutality in all its forms from occurring?

q26 can you deliver justice for these victims and their families:

(TJ HICKEY, VERONICA BAXTER, TERRY GRIFFITHS, ROBERTO LAUDISIO CURTI, THE BOYS SHOT AT KINGS CROSS AND OTHERS)?

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ray jackson president indigenous social justice association

isja01 (m) 0450 651 063 (p) 02 9318 0947 address 1303/200 pitt street waterloo 2017

www.isja.org.au

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