COVID Policing

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CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #6

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Since the lunching of the site, we continue to see reports of police issuing COVID-19 fines to members of the public as unwarranted and unnecessary add-ons to other fines or offences. Or to legitimise a stop-and-question they have conducted but found no obvious breach of the restrictions or other law.

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #5

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As so many have stated before and during this current state of emergency, we cannot police our way out of this pandemic, and trying to doing so risks exacerbating inequities and further damaging already fragile human rights protections.

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #4

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Until police across the continent release data of the number of stops and fines being issued, the reasons for these stops and fines, and the post-code locations they are happening in – sites like this are the only way to build an independent picture of how COVID-19 restrictions are being policed, whether they are being enforced fairly, and to identify any trends in policing.

Covidpolicing Weekly roundup #3

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The CovidPolicing.org.au website was launched on Monday 6th April, 2020 to track the extraordinary expansion of police powers in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the unequal patterns of enforcement that may arise as  a result.  We stress that the public health measures introduced in Australia on the basis of medical advice to prevent the spread of coronavirus are vitally important...

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #2

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Now in its second week of operation, the Covid Policing website has had and additional 32 reports concerning police interactions.

Clear guidelines needed for public to trust Covid-19 enforcement

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14 April 2020 Published here. Amnesty International Australia and the Grata Fund call on State and Territory governments and all relevant bodies to publicly release guidelines used by police to enforce COVID-19 social distancing regulations. A growing list of organisations are now calling for improved police accountability to maintain public trust as COVID-19 health regulations are enforced. To...

CovidPolicing Weekly Roundup #1

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Monday 13 April, 2020 At the end of its first week of operation this new website has had 28 reports of inappropriate or concerning police interactions.  With publicity for the site only now starting to build we expect this number of reports to grow. Reports were received from Queensland (1), Tasmania (1) South Australia (1), NSW (5) and Victoria (20). Each week we’ll do a ‘round-up’ of the...

WA: Homeless Aboriginal people in Perth given move on notices by WA police

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By Rangi Hirini, NITV News 11 Apr 2020 Over the past week I have been seeing a number of posts popping up on social media by prominent Noongar activist, Herbert Bropho. Uncle Herb has been going down to visit a group of rough sleepers, located just blocks away from Perth’s main train station since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in Australia. “I’ve been going to the city since Australia got...

NSW Police: Breakdown of latest Public Health Act charges and Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs)

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Published at NSW Police: Wednesday, 08 April 2020 03:41:31 PM These breakdowns are released daily by NSW Police – for more see here. Police have charged one person with offences under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and issued 15 COVID-19 related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) since the last update. Charges: About 8.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 7 April 2020), police from Tuggerah Lakes...

Teen fined for taking driving lesson with her mum

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A Melbourne teenager says she was shocked when police issued her with a hefty fine for going out for a driving lesson with her mother on the weekend.Learner driver Hunter Reynolds, 17, who is completing her last year of school, told radio station 3AW she had been driving with her mother on the Peninsula Link in Frankston when she was pulled over and issued a $1652 fine for being “too far...

This collaborative project aims to document incidents, reports, and examples from members of the public concerning COVID-19 policing, for use in monitoring and reporting, as well as legal advocacy and accountability. It is run by a group of legal and human rights advocacy organisations, backed up by a network of policing academics with a coordinator in each state.
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