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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.

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...

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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