THE ROLE OF POLICE IN OUR SOCIETY IS TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS.
It is not to make our laws or even lobby for new laws. Yet time and again we hear police telling us what's coming and giving us their opinion.
How often have you seen a cop at a crash scene go on TV telling us that it looks like speed or alcohol or whatever was involved? This regardless of possible charges and court cases and potential jurors watching.
Remember the Wangaratta highway patrol officer who told the press that in 18 months there would be a law requiring all motorcycle & scooter riders to wear flouro vests? The details are in an earlier post on this blog.
The Summary Offences & Sentencing amendment bill will probably go to the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. If passed it won't just target pest protestors, it will dramatically increase police powers in this state limited citizens' right to move, associate and speak out. It is a very dangerous law in a free country.
So what do we see in the press?
Police welcoming new laws that will allow officers to order protesters to move on (and much more). It is the first step on the way to Queensland style VLAD laws in Victoria.
We pay our police to enforce laws, not to make them. We pay, and elect, our MPs to make our laws.
There will be a protest rally against the proposed law to stop protests at 10 am on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Gather at Trades Hall, corner Victoria & Lygon Streets, Melbourne for a march to parliament.