“Surveillance must meet community standards for what is considered heavy-handed and what is considered justified. Reports of excessive policing reflect badly on NSW Police and discourage community members from seeking police help when needed, while also damaging Sydney’s reputation as a welcoming and tolerant place to visit.” .
Elsewhere, Sue Higginson, a Green member of the NSW upper house, demanded that Toole launch a genuinely independent inquiry. “It’s not appropriate for him. [NSW] Let the police carry out an internal investigation given the circumstances,” he said.
the Herald made several unsuccessful attempts to interview Toole on Tuesday and Wednesday. In a written statement, he said that he had spoken to NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb, who informed him of the aforementioned internal review.
“I will await the results of that review and I wish you [Lim] a full recovery,” Toole said.
Shoebridge told the Senate that the incident reflected a broader problem in Australian police culture. “It’s not just a few bad apples and it’s not just a police force,” she said.
He also told the Herald: “This has shocked tens of thousands of Australians when they see this type of violence in the heart of Sydney, but for First Nations communities this is not a one-off, it is something that is repeated daily in many communities.”
Visiting the QVB on Tuesday, Lim carried his signature sandwich board sign reading “SMILE CVNT! WHY CNT? on one side. A magistrate previously described the words as “provocative and cheeky” but not offensive when she dismissed a charge of offensive behavior against Lim over the same sign.
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