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Queensland man rams a world of trouble at the US Embassy

By johnboy 11 July 2013 22

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 30-year-old Queensland man in relation to a collision into the front gates at the US Embassy in Yarralumla yesterday (Wednesday, July 10).

About 5.55pm ACT Policing attended the location to find the car lodged in the gates of the embassy. The man was uninjured.

As a precaution the ACT Policing Bomb Response Team attended and did a check of the vehicle. Nothing of a suspicious nature was located.

The 30-year-old man has been charged with damage premises of internationally protected person and will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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banco 10:55 pm 11 Jul 13

Russ said :

banco said :

I’m curious if there’s actually a law or the AFP is just making stuff up and trying to intimidate law abiding citizens.

Last time I checked (and I have had reason to), there are no prescribed buildings in Canberra that you are not allowed to photograph. Provided you are standing on public land while doing it, there’s no law against it (if you are on their land, all they can do is ask you to leave, and if you don’t then trespass comes into play).

From the sound of it, the poster was pulled up by what used to be called a Protective Service officer who are not sworn police officers, rather one level up from a private security guard. Unfortunately, these days they’re all badged as AFP making it hard to distinguish between real police and a uniformed bouncer. Real police would (or at least should) be aware of the relevant laws.

So basically they are acting outside the law by the sound of it.

Russ 8:37 pm 11 Jul 13

banco said :

I’m curious if there’s actually a law or the AFP is just making stuff up and trying to intimidate law abiding citizens.

Last time I checked (and I have had reason to), there are no prescribed buildings in Canberra that you are not allowed to photograph. Provided you are standing on public land while doing it, there’s no law against it (if you are on their land, all they can do is ask you to leave, and if you don’t then trespass comes into play).

From the sound of it, the poster was pulled up by what used to be called a Protective Service officer who are not sworn police officers, rather one level up from a private security guard. Unfortunately, these days they’re all badged as AFP making it hard to distinguish between real police and a uniformed bouncer. Real police would (or at least should) be aware of the relevant laws.

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