Surely this can’t be legal…

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.)


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123qwe 123qwe 9:53 pm 17 Dec 08

So JB any FOTW nominee’s here? Some very good bites there.

p1 p1 9:23 am 17 Dec 08

I an anonymous call to the cops sufficient grounds for them to search cars? Maybe someone called from a mobile phone and said they were locked in the boot of a car in that location?

Could be someone called in a bomb threat, but I would like to think that they would evacuate and get in the bomb people to do the search.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 9:08 am 17 Dec 08

Okay, I think this post has reached it’s end of life – closing window…

Tooks Tooks 9:22 pm 16 Dec 08

dexi said :

While we fund the police toys fairly well, mental health organisations are struggling.

We agree on something, at least. You’re also right that police shouldn’t be the ones who primarily deal with the mentally ill. Unfortunately, I can’t see things changing in the near future.

dexi dexi 9:21 pm 16 Dec 08

Ill put on my titanium tiara then.

Tooks Tooks 9:13 pm 16 Dec 08

farq said :

dexi said :

You would have to be a copper with that mouth.

Good call.

Agreed. That’s about as witty as you get.

Tooks Tooks 9:12 pm 16 Dec 08

dexi said :

You would have to be a copper with that mouth.

I am baffled by that comment. What, you thought that was harsh? Harden up princess. You shouldn’t take things to heart.

farq farq 8:58 pm 16 Dec 08

dexi said :

You would have to be a copper with that mouth.

Good call.

dexi dexi 8:10 pm 16 Dec 08

You would have to be a copper with that mouth. I can be heaps more ignorant.

My point would be that the police are not the right people to be dealing with the mentally ill. You might be a case in point.

While we fund the police toys fairly well, mental health organisations are struggling.

Tooks Tooks 7:48 pm 16 Dec 08

dexi said :

“We really need more mental health services in this city…”

Yes we do. We need another way of dealing with our mental, that is’nt police force.

Could you be any more ignorant? Police deal with the mentally ill every day, often when the proper authorities can not or will not help. You have no clue about the subject (a common theme with you).

You really have all the answers, don’t you? Oh wait, no you don’t. Just a bunch of snide remarks and ignorant ramblings.

dexi dexi 7:35 pm 16 Dec 08

“We really need more mental health services in this city…”

Yes we do. We need another way of dealing with our mental, that is’nt police force.

Tooks Tooks 7:14 pm 16 Dec 08

moosenator said :

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.

How f#!@ing naive are you?

Pigs are nothing but murderous and corrupt individuals who are questionably endowned and compensate by putting on a uniform so they can feel important.

Of course they break the law all the time undertaking unlawful searches.

We really need more mental health services in this city…

Nice effort at FOTM, but you forgot caps lock (so we can hear what you’re writing better) and more of these !!! (to really capture your outrage).

farq farq 5:34 pm 16 Dec 08

But is moonsentor just a troll?

If not, then Moosentor don’t stop now! The points you make are interesting, tell us more.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 4:24 pm 16 Dec 08

How f#!@ing naive are you?

Pigs are nothing but murderous and corrupt individuals who are questionably endowned and compensate by putting on a uniform so they can feel important.

Of course they break the law all the time undertaking unlawful searches.

Oh my, I think we might have a “Flame Of The Month”, mind you and more lengthy response might have secured it. Keep going Moosenator – your contributions are gold!

Special G Special G 3:32 pm 16 Dec 08

I’ll bite on the last 3.

Dellish – ACT Policing is the same as anywhere else that does community policing with the following exception – the AFP or ACT policing area of the AFP if you like panders to the public far more than any other state Police force.

Wishuwell – been discussed many times – who do you think would make up the ACT Police force – the same people who are here already just under a different banner at a far greater cost to the ACT Govt.

Moosenator – little blue piggies please. Obviously someone upset you at some stage. Please report to the nearest supermarket isle, lie on the floor and bang your little fists – someone might take notice then.

moosenator moosenator 3:08 pm 16 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.

How f#!@ing naive are you?

Pigs are nothing but murderous and corrupt individuals who are questionably endowned and compensate by putting on a uniform so they can feel important.

Of course they break the law all the time undertaking unlawful searches.

wishuwell wishuwell 12:25 pm 16 Dec 08

Since the AFP tender for the job of policing the ACT if you’re not satisfied with the current arrangements put pressure on your local member. Wonder what it would be like to live in a city where the local police were answerable to the citizens instead of telling said citizens how its gonna be.

Delish Delish 11:28 am 16 Dec 08

I would like to make one note, has anyone attended a year 12 graduation ceremony? Have you noticed the cops at the ceremonies pulling cars over to check and inspect? I was at AIATSIS attending a book launch at the same time a graduation ceremony must have been at the museum.

Police were pulling cars over in the car park blocking exiting traffic to go through hotted up cars dropping off the kiddies. It started jamming all sorts of cars, bikes, limo’s to inspect 4 done up cars. Pretty low and stupid really… But we also need to remember that in ACT we have the AFP – quite different to your local police.

Special G Special G 10:58 am 16 Dec 08

No academy Woody – a college – it’s all about the adult learning environment.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 10:09 am 16 Dec 08

Your comments wreak of anti-police sentiments and biased assumptions (rant rant rant)

Jesus, you police fanboys love a good cry, don’t you? Don’t they teach HTFU101 at the academy these days?

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