Kilroy said the way certain groups are criminalised or viewed with automatic suspicion feeds into decisions by authorities to conduct searches, which they can do lawfully where they have reasonable suspicion. Her comments come after revelations in the NSW Law Enforcement Conduct Commission that police strip-searches, including searches on a year-old girl at the Splendour in the Grass music festival, may have been illegal. On 9 October, the third day of Extinction Rebellion civil disobedience, a protester had brought a phone undetected into her cell at the watch house and livestreamed video for about 15 minutes to a private Facebook page. These women get strip-searched in a way that is retraumatising them, clothes ripped off them or cut off them. Each said they had already been throughly pat-down searched by police before arriving at the watch house.
Ally. Age: 27.
Topics Australian police and policing.
Caylee. Age: 22.
Teenage girl among 20 Extinction Rebellion activists strip-searched by Brisbane police
It was pretty shocking because I had no understanding of why I was being strip-searched. Kilroy said the way certain groups are criminalised or viewed with automatic suspicion feeds into decisions by authorities to conduct searches, which they can do lawfully where they have reasonable suspicion. Several Extinction Rebellion activists spoke with Guardian Australia about being strip-searched after being arrested on the Thursday of Rebellion Week. Strip-searches of young music festivalgoers and environmental activists could wake up middle-class Australians to a practice that routinely affects the poor, Indigenous and disadvantaged, a leading advocate for the rights of prisoners has said.