Police Brutality of Young Aboriginal Girls

Police brutality in Glen Innes, New South Wales, against a group of young Indigenous girls. You can hear one of the girls say she’ll comply with police but she wants to call her parents as they’re under 16. The policeman says no. It seems his partner, a woman’s voice off camera, tells the girls to comply: ‘Don’t make it worse for yourselves.’ Policeman says: ‘It already is worse for yourselves.’

Policeman raises his voice saying he will arrest them and give them a ticket for swearing near a school. He barks at them to get in the police van but has not appeared to tell them why they’re under arrest other than swearing. He says he will throw the girls in the van ‘head first.’

Policeman yells when the girls don’t get on the ground. The girls start crying. He is seen kicking them to the ground. The girls cling to one another. He also threatens to arrest passerbys who also appear to be young women. This is disgusting police behavior.

Police are trained to diffuse public conflict and we’ve seen plenty of evidence they are highly capable of doing this when the public is White. Black people are overpoliced and subjected to brutal force routinely. This conduct is racist and dangerous.

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Police Brutality of Young Aboriginal Girls

A fun stop in between fieldwork sites along the North Coast! Focus group interviews were great. Participants came up with great ideas to address education and work issues.

The photo is of The Big Banana!

Photo: The Other Sociologist.

The focus group interviews in the North Coast went from the afternoon into the evening. Highly enjoyable discussion about education and work solutions for trainees who are struggling. Especially interesting how one participant put into context relative income differences between junior and senior staff. Tomorrow, travel up the coast to do focus group interviews at a different site.

Photo: The Other Sociologist.

A tiny plane flying to Dubbo for fieldwork research! Spending a couple of days in Dubbo before travelling to the North Coast of New South Wales. Our state is humongous – it would have been an eight hour drive to Dubbo – and another eight hours to drive from Dubbo to the North.