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Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 19:53:13 GMT
Sender: Activists Mailing List <ACTIV-L@MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU>
Subject: Australia: Angry People against Kop Abuse
From: Bob Witanek <bwitanek@igc.apc.org>
From: dckom@future.atlcom.net (L. Komboa Ervin/David Christian)

Angry People against Kop Abuse

From Bren bren%barricad@xchange.apana.org.au
2 April 1996

Here in Melbourne, there has been about 30 people or so shot dead by kops over the past five years. 12 kops got charged with murder - all got off!!, except one who committed suicide!!

This is on top of the number of Aboriginal deaths in custody (especially in Queensland!!), and the kops will do anything to resist any question or inquiry into their actions at all - and since they all beat the murder rap, they've got quite cocky - the State prosecutor got a lot of shit over his decision to charge the kops, and it contributed to him losing his job.

There has been a Royal Commission into the Kops in Sydney, which has uncovered heaps of shit - bribes, drug dealing, prostitution rackets, paedophilia protection rackets, bashings - the amount of information that is uncovered every day is amazing, yet nothing will be done about it except bullshit reforms - all the corrupt kops have been suspended with full pay or are resigning before being sacked to keep their payouts - some conservative media writers are talking about sacking the whole police force and starting again - which is a pretty radical thing to say (considering the government is dragging its heals to sack any corrupt kops) but in the long run is just as conservative - maintain a police force that hopefully will not get CAUGHT dealing drugs, taking bribes, etc.

We'll keep you posted on fundraising, speaking dates, etc.. Angry People have an email address now: apeople@xchange.apana.org.au so you can contact us through there..