Police forced an innocent man to strip, squat and expose his genitals in the middle of a street in Sydney for NO REASON
- Steven Attalla, from Sydney, received $ 112,000 in his lawsuit against the state
- The 53-year-old was searched illegally during a confrontation in 2015
- He was approached by officers while sitting on the wall in Darlinghurst at 3:30 am
- Senior Constable Courtney Cruickshank claimed that she believed he had drugs
A man from Sydney received $ 112,000 after the court found that he was being subjected to an illegal police investigation.
Steven Attalla, 53, of The Rocks, was forced to take off his clothes, squat and expose his genitals in the middle of a street during a police conflict in March 2015.
Atalla later prosecuted the state that alleged unlawful arrest, attack and battery, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The court heard that Attalla had been sitting on a wall at Bourke St in Darlinghurst around 3:30 am when three officers approached him to ask what he was doing.
Steven Attalla, 53, of The Rocks, was forced to take off his clothes, squat and expose his genitals in the middle of a street during a police conflict in March 2015 (stock photo)
Senior Constable Courtney Cruickshank claimed she thought it was strange that Attalla was hanging out in that part of town after he told them that he lived in The Rocks and went home.
The police also pointed out that he was in an area known for prostitution and drug trafficking and that Cruickshank thought the man was in possession of drugs.
When asked if she could search him, Attalla refused and was arrested instead for bothering the police.
Officers later investigated his body, but failed to find drugs.
Attalla was then visited for a second time when he arrived at the Kings Cross police station, but nothing was found.
Cruickshank acknowledged that she would have told the man that he could have avoided all problems if he had done what she asked.
The court heard that Attalla had been sitting on a wall at Bourke St in Darlinghurst around 3:30 when three officers approached him to ask what he was doing
During the verdict, Judge Phillip Taylor beat the officials for assuming that Attalla had drugs based on his time and location, and ruled the streak search was not justified.
& # 39; Officer Cruickshank seemed ready to find an untruth when it was not there, and then used it in her mind to reinforce her suspicion, & # 39; Judge Taylor said.
Attalla described the incident as & # 39; outrageous & # 39; and & # 39; humiliating & # 39 ;.
Judge Phillips said the stripping search & # 39; illustrates that the police have used a most invasive power without the slightest justification. & # 39;
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