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These Kids' Graphic Evidence Of Police Strip Searches Will Make You Sick

How are you cool with this, Gladys?

The NSW police have copped a heap of flack over at least 30 alleged strip-search incidents that took place at the underage Lost City music festival in Sydney. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) has initiated public hearings into these incidents and the testimonies that has come out of the inquiry are gut-wrenching,

The inquiry saw three boys aged 15, 16, and 17 give statements to the LECC (which were read out by the counsel assisting the commission, Peggy Dwyer, as per The Guardian) regarding their respective strip-search experiences at Lost City and their testimonies are nothing short of harrowing.

Dwyer states that the 15-year-old teen was taken aside by NSW police for a strip-search, which was conducted without a parent or support person. He states he was told to life his shirt and his armpits before being asked to “pull his pants down”. The teen said:

“And I was sort of like, just stood there for a bit like, are you sure? Like, do I just pull down my pants and show you everything or like what? And he’s like, no pull down your pants, hold your dick and lift your balls up and show me your gooch. And I was like ‘OK’.”

Dwyer states the officer then “bent down to have a look, approximately one metre away from him.”

The commission heard from the 16-year-old boy, who was also strip-searched alone by the NSW police, that he was told to “lift up his balls” and to “squat and cough.”

The 17-year-old teen gave a statement that alleged a male officer “inserted his hands inside” his underwear, “and made contact with his testicles” after he was told to “grab his penis and to lift it up.”

Dwyer told the commission that after allegedly touching the 17-year-old, the officer allegedly “moved around behind” him, “placed both hands inside [his] shorts and ran his hands around his buttocks, in a circular motion, apparently in an effort to detect if drugs were concealed there.”

The commission also heard from NSW police officers who were working at the Lost City festival in Sydney and their testimonies don’t paint a promising picture.

According to an officer (via The Sydney Morning Herald) who acted as the drug-dog commander at the festival, the NSW Police handbook on strip-searches that was given out offered “very little guidance.”

Beyond the lack of a proper strip-search protocol, further testimony from another female officer working at Lost City indicated that some NSW police simply didn’t understand strip-search law.

While the female officer has worked at previous festivals, her experience only involved strip-searching adults. When asked about whether she knew there was a distinction under the relevant Act between strip-searches of adults and underage people, she admitted (via Yahoo) that she didn’t.

Dwyer told the LECC that a strip-search was “by necessity a grave intrusion of a citizen’s privacy and dignity” and said “absent any legal justification it would constitute an assault punishable by imprisonment.”

“Little imagination is needed to understand how stressful and potentially embarrassing a strip search may be, even for law-abiding adults. Even more so for young people with little experience of law enforcement in this context and limited understanding of their rights.”

Tony Abbott Wants You To Know He’s Still Good Mates With Convicted Pedo George Pell

Actions speak louder than words.

Tony Abbott certainly won’t go down in Australian history as one of the country’s finest Prime Ministers, regardless of how much he tries to convince us otherwise. But the one thing he will go down in history for is being mates with convicted pedophile, Cardinal George Pell.

Ol’ mate Tones was spotted leaving Melbourne Assessment Prison, which is where Pell is incarcerated and certainly isn’t a common hangout place for former onion-munching PMs. When asked what on earth was he doing there, Abbott didn’t mention George Pell by name and only said “I was simply visiting a friend, that’s all.”

Now Tony Abbott has dropped the ball quite a few times over the years, but there’s simply no way to spin this visit into anything other than grubby behaviour.

Putting aside just how inappropriate it is for a former Australian Prime Minister to visit a convicted pedophile in prison, Abbott’s visit to Pell is nothing more than an abhorrent middle finger to all of the cardinal’s victims.

Unsurprisingly, this visit didn’t go down well with some people and former Victorian senator Derryn Hinch had some strong words for Abbott on Twitter.

We’ve come to expect shenanigans from Tony Abbott at this point and sadly, him visiting George Pell isn’t that big of a surprise.

Tones has been mates with the convicted pedophile for years and has repeatedly stood up for Pell. When Pell was convicted in February 2019, Abbott reportedly called up his cardinal mate afterwards before going on radio to call the guilty verdict a “shocking result.”

But the bad optics and inappropriateness of this visit will likely fall on deaf ears for ol’ mate Tones as it’s been made abundantly clear over the years that he doesn’t really give a crap what people think or who he associates himself with, especially since he’s comfortably retired from politics now.

Tony Abbott didn’t say anything about his visit to George Pell but he doesn’t really have to. Actions speak louder than words ever could.

A Small Australian Retailer Is Copping It For Making Bank Off Jay-Z's Name

99 problems and now Jay-Z is one.

Jay-Z famously rapped that he’s got a whole heap of problems (99 to be exact) but “a bitch ain’t one.” For a small Australian online retailer, they have 99 problems and most – if not all – of them involve the rapper.

According to documents filed in Victoria’s Federal Court (via The Sydney Morning Herald), Jay-Z is suing Australian books and fashion retailer, The Little Homie, over claims they’re profiting from “using his name” and the lyrics to ’99 Problems.’

The Little Homie RN.

This may seem like egregious a cheap money grab from someone who clearly doesn’t need more money (kind of like Kylie Jenner and trying to trademark the phrase “rise and shine”), but this situation is a bit different to, say, Barack Obama referencing the lyrics to ’99 Problems’ as part of a comedy routine.

For those who are unaware, The Little Homie is an Australian online retailer that specialises in selling children’s books and gifts. One of its products is a picture book titled AB to Jay-Z, which was produced after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017 and aims to teach kids the alphabet using references to famous rappers and hip-hop artists.

Jay-Z is arguing that AB to Jay-Z is not only profiting off his brand and image, the book also contains “flagrant” copyright infringement of lyrics from ’99 Problems.’ If you look at the back of the book, there’s a phrase that reads “If you’re having alphabet problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but my ABCs ain’t one.”

That is a pretty obvious reference to Jay-Z’s song no matter how you spin it but The Little Homie gave it a crack anyway as its website claims “any reference contained in this book to celebrities or public figures and their works does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation or approval of those persons.”

As for why this is coming up now, the court documents claim that Jay-Z’s legal team asked The Little Homie to stop selling the infringing items back in March 2018. However, the online retailer has seemingly ignored the request and Jay-Z’s legal team is arguing that the continued selling of AB to Jay-Z “has injured and is continuing to injure the reputation and goodwill of [Jay-Z].”

With things seemingly at an impasse, there’s now a case management hearing on the matter set for December 2019 that’ll hopefully resolve the matter one way or the other.

It remains to be seen how this will all pan out but there’s one thing we can say about the little predicament The Little Homie has found itself in: it’s got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one.

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