Global Perception of Police as Untouchable Uniformed Mafia Is Massively Reinforced, This Time in Queensland

In Australia in 2012, three men working as police officers brutally assaulted a man in a car park.

They were brought to account when a fellow officer made sure the CCTV footage of the beating was made public.

The offending officers were not charged.

The fellow officer was.

Ultimately, the officers were not charged because the victim did not press charges. His decision not to press charges coincided with his receipt of a sum of money, ‘a confidential settlement‘, from the Queensland Police Service.

Meanwhile, the whistleblower, Rick Flori, was charged with ‘misconduct in a public office’.

His colleagues repeatedly crack the head of a restrained man against a concrete floor and actually receive promotion. He reports their crime and looks set to face seven years in prison.

It would be funny if it weren’t so irrevocably obscene.

The case is ongoing. There is also a review. Newly elected police union representative Phil Notaro has backed the review but is keen to point out…

They’re not saying there’s anything wrong. They’re just trying to fine-tune the place because there has been some issues down the Gold Coast.

But he’s lying. There is something really fucking badly wrong.

Thankfully, obviously, magnificently, ordinary people are gathering together to help Rick Flori. Things are underway.

Supporters of policeman Rick Flori outside the Southport magistrates court on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, 15 July, 2015. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

Supporters of policeman Rick Flori outside the Southport magistrates court on the Gold Coast, Wednesday, 15 July, 2015. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAP

There is a Facebook campaign, and as well as pushing for a full pardon for Flori, the public group are encouraging nominations for Gold Coast Police Officer of the Year.

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The time difference informs me nominations have just closed, an hour and a half ago. So my nomination will go unread. Not to worry.

There is also a petition, the work of a minute or two at most if you happened to be keen to add your dissenting voice. Quicker with Autofill.

Maybe if you feel suitably consternated, you might like to spread the word. The more people know, after all, the more voices there are, and less likely that Rick Flori and people like him – honest people trapped in dishonest industries – can be silenced and punished for exposing ugly truths.

There’s a great quote but I can’t remember it. Something like: not only is it possible for individuals to affect great change, but, as it turns out, that’s the only way it ever comes about. The original quote is more elegant than that. But it’s pertinent in either incarnation.

Change is happening everywhere. And every little helps.




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