Friday, March 12, 2010

Photos from Stop the 'Stop and Search' laws forum

Forty people attended a public forum on March 11, 2010 about stopping the WA Government's proposed “Stop and Search laws”.

Speakers included Giz Watson from the WA Greens, Alex Cassie from Search For Your Rights and Elliot Herrington from Resistance.

The proposed laws would give police the power to stop and search the persons of anybody in a public place (such as a street or public park), or a place that can be accessed by the public (such as a bar or a sports stadium). Giving the police these powers removes the existing need for them to have reason to believe that a person has or will commit a crime. Removing the need for reasonable suspicion, can only lead to unreasonable searches.