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Surely this can’t be legal…

By Oindge - 15 December 2008 83

I was at a friends birthday party last night in the top level of a bar in Civic that looks out over one of the back alleys. About halfway through the night I noticed a group of people gathered around the window, so I moseyed on over to see what was so interesting.

In the alley were about 8 police officers opening and searching cars at random. They were even opening the boots and rummaging through there as well. When they looked up and noticed about 15 faces watching them, the head honcho, in what I can only assume was an attempt to shoo us away, shined the torch at us and gave us all a bit of a scowl.

(“Quick sarge, hit ’em with the torch!” “No, not the torch! Arrrrrrrrrgh!” etc.)

So anyhow, is that legal or what?

(And if you’re harbouring any weapons of mass destruction in your boot, be sure to leave the car at home when you want to hit the dance floor.)

What’s Your opinion?


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83 Responses to
Surely this can’t be legal…
vandam 10:09 am 15 Dec 08

Your an idiot champ.

Making a story while your half pissed at a pub just shows how dumb you really are.

Do you have any idea what the cops do? Do you have any idea why they were searching the cars? Of course not.

There could be a variety of reasons, all of which are lawful.

Your one of those typical idiots that will be the first one to complain when something happens to you, but at the same time whinge because Police are being proactive and perhaps doing their job, which is low and behold protecting the community.

You did not see what cars were being searched, who they belonged to, or know their reasons for searching the cars. But chances are 8 coppers aren’t going to break into 8 cars just to check out whats in them.

Pop back in your hole you fool and come back when you’ve come up with something worthwhile talking about.

Oindge 9:57 am 15 Dec 08

123qwe said :

Do you really think that the cops would search through people cars in a public place without lawful excuse? These people are doing a job for which they are remunerated with a meagre income.

Hang on for a minute. Perhaps yes, they would quite happily search any good citizens car for no reason and hope that they get busted by some ass-clowns that have nothing better to do than to talk shit whilst sipping on lime flavoured beer. Then they might have the opportunity to be relieved of their job so they too could make a start on an arts degree.

See sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 if you really need to know if it is legal or what.

Okay, so I grabbed myself a lime beer and Googled the relevant sections of the Crimes Act. Which said, among other things:

(1) This section applies if a police officer suspects, on reasonable grounds, that—

(a) a thing relevant to an indictable offence or a thing stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained, is in or on a conveyance; and

(b) it is necessary to exercise a power under subsection (2) to prevent the thing from being concealed, lost or destroyed; and

(c) it is necessary to exercise the power without the authority of a search warrant because the circumstances are serious and urgent.

“The circumstances are serious and urgent”?

What sort of freak parking conspiracy requires the police to seriously and urgently bust into about 9 cars in an alley? Maybe they were all parked in front of hydrants, but then, couldn’t they have just written tickets faster and with a more stern and serious tone?

See, THIS is the real world stuff they just don’t teach me in ‘Post-Modern Literature And Foreign Film 101.’

Oindge 9:47 am 15 Dec 08

Spam Box said :

Good question phototext – how were they gaining entry to these cars Oindge?

They had what looked like (or rather what at least was being used like) a master key.

Whatsup 9:32 am 15 Dec 08

… your reply is sarcastic, crass and uncalled for. Why don’t you explain sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 to us rather than just quoting it?

After all it is the RiotACT.

I thought the reply was good. If you want to know what is in the Crimes act, you have been given the sections to read, try Google. If you have some spare time feel free to share you findings with us.

123qwe 9:23 am 15 Dec 08

“As much as I agree with you in principle, your reply is sarcastic, crass and uncalled for. Why don’t you explain sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 to us rather than just quoting it?”

I’m sure that JB would love to see my reply being described in such terms. That sort of stuff sparks interest in his website. To be honest my spray was constructed in the vain hope of getting the FOTW award.

People on this site do not need to be spoon fed information. I have merely pointed out to Oindge a good place to start his/her quest to find the answer to the question. BTW, I dont think I quoted anything.

Perhaps the moral of the story boys and girls is ‘think about what you are posting before hitting the go button’.

heinous 9:17 am 15 Dec 08

A late contender for the PPOTY (Pointless Post of the year)?

Swaggie, I beg to differ, these first hand accounts are far more interesting and revealing than the usual post that is a third hand reprint of some reporters opinionated view with hidden agendas.

harvyk1 9:03 am 15 Dec 08

Who me???

Swaggie 9:00 am 15 Dec 08

A late contender for the PPOTY (Pointless Post of the year)?

harvyk1 8:39 am 15 Dec 08

I expect they where doing it legally. The rules of evidence prevent them from using any evidence which has been gathered illegally. Thus had they carried it out illegally and found something they could not use it as evidence to charge the individual\s responsible.

pptvb 8:39 am 15 Dec 08

123qwe….Ha ha
God I love this site !

Spam Box 8:38 am 15 Dec 08

Good question phototext – how were they gaining entry to these cars Oindge?

belray 8:18 am 15 Dec 08

123qwe said :

Do you really think that the cops would search through people cars in a public place without lawful excuse? These people are doing a job for which they are remunerated with a meagre income.

Hang on for a minute. Perhaps yes, they would quite happily search any good citizens car for no reason and hope that they get busted by some ass-clowns that have nothing better to do than to talk shit whilst sipping on lime flavoured beer. Then they might have the opportunity to be relieved of their job so they too could make a start on an arts degree.

See sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 if you really need to know if it is legal or what.

As much as I agree with you in principle, your reply is sarcastic, crass and uncalled for. Why don’t you explain sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 to us rather than just quoting it?

jessieduck 7:59 am 15 Dec 08

Are you asking if it’s legal to search a boot or to shine a torch in innocent standersby’s eyes?

phototext 6:55 am 15 Dec 08

I’m confused.

Where the owners there or do the police have a special car master key thingi ?

123qwe 4:25 am 15 Dec 08

Do you really think that the cops would search through people cars in a public place without lawful excuse? These people are doing a job for which they are remunerated with a meagre income.

Hang on for a minute. Perhaps yes, they would quite happily search any good citizens car for no reason and hope that they get busted by some ass-clowns that have nothing better to do than to talk shit whilst sipping on lime flavoured beer. Then they might have the opportunity to be relieved of their job so they too could make a start on an arts degree.

See sections 209 and 210 of the ACT Crimes Act 1900 if you really need to know if it is legal or what.

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