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Police order tired and drunk partygoers to drive

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  Quote DonDon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Police order tired and drunk partygoers to drive
    Posted: 04/May/2017 at 12:17
I recently attended a gathering of about 40 people in a relatively remote area of a National Park in NSW. At about 10am the police arrived and asked us to pack up and move on. Although many were asleep, all attendees complied immediately and cleaned up and left the area and proceeded to their cars in the public carpark nearby.

At that point the police ordered everyone to drive away in their cars. However many were not willing to drive as they felt it was unsafe. Some were still fatigued, and some were concerned about alcohol consumption from the night before. Regardless, the police continued to issue threats and ordered everyone to drive away.

I was highly disturbed by this conduct because many attendees were induced to drive even though they were not willing and considered themselves unfit. Even though many attendees pointed out they were unfit to drive they were still ordered to drive by the police. I believe the police's actions knowingly and deliberately placed drivers and their passengers lives at risk.

I am interested in making a complaint about this conduct. Can anyone suggest the correct avenue to do this?

Incidentally, a few kilometres up the road, a roadblock was set up a couple arrests were made for driving under the influence. The arrests are not my main concern, but I think the presence of the roadblock shows that the police were well aware that many attendees were likely to be unfit to drive when they issued the order to do so.

Fortunately everybody made it home safely.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/May/2017 at 00:54
Sound deplorably, however as it stands it is just your opinion, do you have any evidence that will prove this?

Were the people in this park drinking in a public place,if so and they admit this they may be charged. I think this is a case of whatever you do, you cannot win.

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  Quote Gorodetsky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/May/2017 at 06:48
Hi dondon,
You do have evidence...what you saw and heard, and what others saw and heard can be written done and becomes evidence..

If you make a complaint about police misconduct, the question of drinking in a public place is not relevant to your complaint. But as citizen Joe says best not to admit or talk about it to cops.
The police might try to intimidate you into dropping your complaint, but suddenly deciding to purse charges after a complaint is made would obviously be retaliation for complaining....in front of a magistrate the charges would look flimsy.. in front of the media it'd look like corruption.

http://www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/how-to-make-a-complaint-against-the-nsw-police/

http://www.clcnsw.org.au/cb_pages/making_a_police_complaint_-_useful_information.php

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Gorodetsky

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