Police strip searching children

These two articles have dropped into my RSS reader in the past little while, and it’s a really disturbing combination.

1. Adults absent during child strip searches: Ombudsman

[NSW Ombudsman] Bruce Barbour’s investigation found that between December 1, 2005, and November 30, 2007, a total of 847 children and youths aged between 10 and 17 were strip searched by police.

In 94 per cent, or 797 of those cases, the child did not have an adult with them in support.

The Ombudsman’s interpretation?

[…] Barbour says the low rate is of concern, adding that police should be made aware of their obligations when searching minors.

2. Former cop on child sex charges[1]

A former police officer has been charged with a series of ‘abhorrent’ child sex offences dating back several years.

Police claim that following a lengthy investigation, the 39-year-old man from Stirling committed a series of sexual abuses on children in 2004, while he was a serving police officer.

[1] All together now: It’s not ‘sex’, it’s rape..

Categories: law & order, violence

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