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20 police break up a Civic blue

By johnboy 14 March 2011 48

ACT Policing officers responding to reports of a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 13) were required to draw their batons and use Oleoresin Capsicum spray to protect a security staff member being assaulted outside a Civic nightclub.

Police were called to the Northbourne Avenue location around 12.30am on Sunday morning after reports of a conflict outside the nightclub involving a member of the security staff and a male patron who had been ejected on suspicion of property damage. Police had remained in the immediate area after a dispute some 15 minutes earlier, and attended as the fighting broke out again and spilled onto the street.

One police officer moved to assist a security guard who was on the ground and being assaulted. As he intervened, the police officer was threatened with violence by members of the crowd. A second police officer went to his assistance, and was required to use OC spray to protect his fellow officer and the security guard. Batons were drawn by the two officers, but not used.

A call for assistance by police drew an attendance of around 20 officers, whose prompt arrival quickly dispersed the crowd. Police also issued a number of formal “move-on” notices.

A 25-year-old man from Nicholls was arrested and charged with common assault. He was later bailed from the ACT Watch House and will appear in court on a later date.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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PBO 9:49 am 13 May 11

I hate Italics!

Lookout Smithers 3:58 am 13 May 11

I always hated listening to drunks talk shite and babble on, some of the things people do on the drink. If you get a cell and an extra blanket from an officer, as opposed to getting your head kicked into state of vegetative, stabbed, drive and maim someone, consider it a privilege you drunken buffoon.

The Dark 7:29 pm 22 Mar 11

Special G – Hey, im sure im not the first young person to have alot of mates, an the friends ive mentioned on other threads aren’t a true representation of the majority of my mates, people like Elliot Fleet (I assume you’re referencing) are the mates I barely see and don’t have much association with normally, usually only in passing when I see them on the street or the like, my usual mates, the ones I see on a regular basis are nothing like that, just normal dudes that look abit different, But they’re not junkies, not criminals, and besides, what difference do my friends make to this situation, im not saying ‘my mate told me that this happened to his brother’ or ‘my mate got arrested and robbed by the jacks coz they’z all corrupt and it was like so totally unjust an stuff’, my original point was just that cops always have afew tricks to get members of the public to ‘comply’ and make they’re presence known and all that.

Believe it or not man, when the cop opened the bag, the box was closed/sealed, when they left, it was open and one was gone, i wasn’t saying this to take a stab at the cops, I was just explaining what happened and that it was a weird occurrence.

I appreciate it that you don’t dispute the fact that I thought the cop was going to take a crack at me over practically nothing though.

bigfeet 6:45 am 22 Mar 11

fgzk said :

Who was it that approved shotguns? Can we expect the same treatment on the streets of Canberra?

Against peaceful protestors?…No, we can not expect the same. In fact it will never happen.

Against prisoners who are rioting, attempting to escape en-masse, burning down buildings, looting, throwing molotov cocktails, assaulting prision staff with iron bars, clubs and bricks?….I would certainly hope they can expect the same treatment. In fact, there would be justification for using real shotguns, not just these namby-pamby bean-bags.

fgzk 1:15 pm 21 Mar 11

“If people act like petulant 5 year olds then they will be treated as such. If people bring force to the party the Police will respond accordingly. If people are peaceful then so are the Police. End of story.”

I put it to you that its the AFP that brings the force to the party and the crowd responds accordingly. Petulant five year olds are not scared of shot guns.

“You seem to have some idea that Police just run around the place assaulting people just for kicks because the boss said they should.”

Ive seen exactly this happen. Ive heard what the bosses have said. In a riot its not just the rioters that are out of control. Adding shotguns to the mix, in my opinion, increases the violence and increases the risk of harm to everyone.

Lets see how the bosses deploy their new found weapon in the future. I wonder how comfortable the troops will be feeling when they are handed out. We will have to wait and see how the community and police relations pan out afterwards. My guess would be their is nothing to be gained and a lot to be lost.

Special G 12:15 pm 21 Mar 11

fgzk said :

Bring it on, its all going to end in tears. Protesters don’t go to a protest to be shot at by some gunman/police with a shot gun. They run a a risk of being assaulted by police already. The more the AFP arm themselves with weapons, the more people will be hurt. The AFP would now seem to be in the business of shooting unarmed civilians for its political masters. The AFP membership obviously supports such action. Everyone else is just a wanker that needs to be shot, eh specialG.

Regardless we can count on the AFP to protect their own well before they protect the civilian population.

Seeking protection from a shot gun is all the rage in Canberra. Maybe we all should get one. Happy days.

It is every persons right to protect themselves and others. It is also every persons right to protest peacefully. I support both of these concepts.

If people choose to behave in a way that will bring harm to others and damage property then someone should stop them from doing this. That someone ends up being some copper who would much prefer a quite night a coffee and a couple of donuts but is prepared to stand in the way of a raging mob, have molotovs, bricks and feces thrown at him while putting his own personal safety on the line for the benefit of the community.

If people act like petulant 5 year olds then they will be treated as such. If people bring force to the party the Police will respond accordingly. If people are peaceful then so are the Police. End of story.

A bean bag round is a non-lethal option available to Police. It is fired from a shotgun but is very different from a solid slug. Annonimity of a crowd gives someone the balls to throw a brick at Police but a bean bag tends to be a balls squasher.

You seem to have some idea that Police just run around the place assaulting people just for kicks because the boss said they should.

fgzk 11:48 am 21 Mar 11

Bring it on, its all going to end in tears. Protesters don’t go to a protest to be shot at by some gunman/police with a shot gun. They run a a risk of being assaulted by police already. The more the AFP arm themselves with weapons, the more people will be hurt. The AFP would now seem to be in the business of shooting unarmed civilians for its political masters. The AFP membership obviously supports such action. Everyone else is just a wanker that needs to be shot, eh specialG.

Regardless we can count on the AFP to protect their own well before they protect the civilian population.

Seeking protection from a shot gun is all the rage in Canberra. Maybe we all should get one. Happy days.

Special G 9:40 am 21 Mar 11

@ the dark – I call bullshit. You have already indicated who your mates are on other threads and what you post up here does nothing for your credibility. Cops taking one of your mates beers – pfft whatever.

@ fgzk – bean bag rounds are in service in the ACT. If you play your cards right you to can try it out. In short Police are allowed to use force (that which is authorised) in defence of themselves and others – suck it up. If people want to attack the Police then they get whats coming to them. Police don’t go to work so they can be assaulted by some wanker with an issue.

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