Friday, October 31, 2014

Community Safety Metro Trains Ticket Inspectors Excessive Force on Schoolboy Investigation Herald Sun 16.10.14 & The Age 16.10.14 Pedestrian Safety




Metro investigates excessive force claim after ticket inspectors arrest schoolboy at Windsor railway station

SAMANTHA LANDY

Student busted

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METRO is investigating after its TICKET inspectors were accused of using excessive force to pin down a private school boy at a station in Melbourne’s southeast yesterday morning.
Footage of the incident, captured by witnesses and posted on YouTube, shows the 15-year-old being held down by the arms by two transit OFFICERS at Windsor Station about 8.30am.
The boy can be seen on the video kicking his legs and shouting “I’ve done jack-s — t alright”, “f---ing get off me” and “let me stand up” while being held for more than three minutes.
The OFFICERS tell him he had “resisted arrest” and “been presented as a risk to us”.
Metro ticket inspectors apprehend a student at Windsor railway station. Picture: Supplied
Metro ticket inspectors apprehend a student at Windsor railway station. Picture: Supplied/Youtube
It is alleged the boy tried to evade the OFFICERS three times after refusing to present a valid ticket or give them his name and ADDRESS.
On the first escape attempt, the teen reportedly began searching through his backpack as if looking for identification before running and jumping a FENCE, dropping his backpack in the process.
He was forced to return to the station to collect his bag, upon which he was again questioned by the officers.
The teen then allegedly became increasingly aggressive and fled again, this time dropping his wallet while trying to get away.
He then came back for his wallet and finally presented an OFFICER with his myki card.
The officer began taking down the boy’s details when the boy reportedly snatched the myki and notepad.
He was then placed under arrest and detained by the officers.
Police were called in to assist and eventually took over from the ticket inspectors.
A young witness told Channel 9 he had seen the teenager try and jump the fence.
“(The officers) pulled him back. They were holding him and grabbing him,” the witness said.
“I think they took it too far.”
Metro CONFIRMED it was looking into the incident.
“As with any incident where an arrest is made, we will conduct a review of the incident to determine if the officers acted appropriately,” it said in a statement.
It is not the first time Metro ticket inspectors have come under fire for their TREATMENT of fare evaders.
Footage emerged in December last year of a 15-year-old girl being body slammed by an inspector at Flinders St Station after she allegedly hit the officer in the face.
Last October, ticket inspectors were also forced to restrain an aggressive commuter at Melbourne Central station.
The 23-year-old man was held to the ground and could be heard yelling “get off me”.


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Metro Trains officers under fire for using force on schoolboy


Anna Prytz October 15, 2014

Metro Trains' authorised officers have come under fire for using excessive force to detain a schoolboy at Windsor station.
In a video posted on YouTube, two male officers can be seen pinning the student by his arms over a low wall on Wednesday morning.
The boy can be heard shouting "f---ing get off me", "let me stand up" and "what are you trying to do?" while flailing his legs in an attempt to get free.
The officers refuse to let him up saying he had "resisted arrest".
Witnesses said six to eight other officers were watching the incident.
The man who recorded the video, who chose to remain anonymous but identified as a 32-year-old professional, said the officers' behaviour was an "absolutely disgusting use of force".
"There's nothing this kid could have done to deserve that kind of force," he said.
"He was only about 15 or 16, he didn't have a weapon and it just seemed to be about a myki."
Another commuter, Alex Rodgers, 23, said the surrounding crowd was visibly distressed and asked the officers to stop.
"You could see he was physically in a lot of pain so everyone was just pleading with them to let him up," Mr Rodgers said. "It's unacceptable that they can treat people like that."
After about 10 minutes police arrived on the scene and the boy was released.
Another witness told Fairfax Media the boy was interrogated by six to eight officers, and ordered to "give his name and birth date and details of his address in full earshot of the packed platform".
"He yelled out [that he was born in] 1999 … It was pretty rough on the boy," the witness, who did not wish to be named, said.
The witness also said that when a "concerned person in the crowd - who had legal training - said to the police that they should inform the boy of his rights to wait until he had an adult present before talking if he wished to, he was told to 'keep out of it' and 'mind [his] own business' by a police officer".
"And the police... didn't question the actions of the PSOs at all yet they willingly vilified and intimidated the boy in front of a packed platform," she said.
Federation of Community Legal Centres Senior Policy Adviser Michelle McDonnell said complaints of excessive force by authorised officers and Protective Services Officers were becoming more common.
"It's happening to people more and more often," Ms McDonnell said.
"A lot of people actually have panic attacks because it's the first time they've had any negative physical interaction."
Ms McDonnell said a number of projects were underway to promote better skills for officers.
"Our focus is on providing training so that they have effective communication skills and treat people in a respectful and human manner," she said.
Metro said in a statement that "as with any incident where an arrest is made, we will review the incident to determine if the officers acted appropriately".

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Community Safety VIDEO Bullying Covert Bullying How to Stop Bullying at Work: Signs of Sneaky Bullying Hyper-vigilantism. The Rise of





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqRnAhMPEKQ



Say No to Bullying Vigilantism, Sexism, Racism and Homophobia


Pete Dowe



"Bullying in the school yard or workplace is always unacceptable 
because of the damage and harm it causes..."


Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead 
The Age 19.6.14


"Bullying outside school or the workplace with the damage and harm it causes

is however apparently acceptable?"


Pete Dowe

Community Safety Hyper-vigilantism. The Rise of. Parole Board of Victoria Callinan Review Recommendations ABC News Pedestrian Safety




Recommendations of the Callinan review

  • Consideration should be given to the APPOINTMENT of a recently retired judge of the Supreme Court to chair the parole board.
  • Victims should be informed at least 14 days before an offenders' release on parole.
  • The ratio of offenders to parole OFFICER or supervisor needs to be reduced.
  • The board should report publicly on all homicides and other serious offences committed by parolees.
  • A new and comprehensive electronic database and case-management system needs to be established as quickly as possible.






Jill Meagher March:   On the Road to Nowhere







Ian Callinan review of Victorian parole system lashes handling of Adrian Bayley case

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A damning report by the RETIRED High Court judge Ian Callinan has lashed Victoria's besieged parole system.
Part of his criticism focuses on the man who raped and murdered the ABC staffer Jill Meagher, who was allowed to go free despite breaching his parole.
The Callinan review found several violent criminals had been released into the community in Victoria without proper consideration of public safety.
The report recommends requiring the Adult Parole Board to be certain that inmates have a negligible risk of re-offending.
It also recommends that police should be consulted before any prisoners are granted parole.
In his report Mr Callinan calls it the "notorious case of Bayley" and says it is not easy to understand why Bayley was not jailed in February last year after pleading guilty to king-hitting a man in Geelong while drunk.
At the time he was on parole after serving a sentence for a series of violent rapes.
He pleaded guilty but appealed against the three-month sentence handed down by a magistrate.
SURPRISINGLY, Bayley was not sent back to prison by the Parole Board while the appeal was pending.






"He ought to have been known by then to be a recidivist, serious, violent sexual offender, with a history of being so from a young age and with an established pattern of doing so," Mr Callinan said.
"There was no single document containing a straightforward COMPLETEchronology of his criminal history or analytical material relating to it on the files.
"Offending in a violent way when on paroles should not have been countenanced as effectively as it was by awaiting the outcome of the appeal."
Mr Callinan said there is too much emphasis on the rehabilitation of offenders and not enough on the possibility of them re-offending.
"There is a mode of thinking - an assumption, perhaps almost a presumption - that after a non-parole period has expired, a prisoner has a right to parole," he said.

'Culture of change' needed at parole board






Jill Meagher's widower Tom was not consulted for the Callinan review but he says the parole board's mistakes were indefensible.
Mr Meagher has despaired at the failings and recently raised them DIRECTLY with the Parole Board.
"They admitted that that was an indefensible mistake, which I was SURPRISED at, but then again it is indefensible, I suppose," he said.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says a cultural change is required inside the Parole Board.
"We've introduced laws that make the Victorian parole system the toughest in Australia," he said.
"This report draws a line in the sand; the culture of parole in Victoria must and will change. Dangerous offenders in the past have been given the benefit of the doubt that they shouldn't have been.
"That changes today. Parole is a privilege, not a right."
Mr Callinan wants victims' families to be given two weeks' notice before an offender is paroled. He has also recommended a second panel review all parole approvals.
The Victorian Government says it supports all 23 of the Callinan report's recommendations and will move to implement most of them immediately.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Community Safety Hyper-vigilantism. The Rise of. Duty of Care. Victoria's Parole Board "Parole Board Admits Indefensible Mistake" & Callinan Review Recommendations AAP News.com.au & ABC.net.au 20.8.13 Pedestrian Safety




The Rise of Hyper-vigilantism. On the Road to Nowhere.



According to the NSW Rape Crisis centre, only 1% of sexual assaults are committed by strangers. 

Hyper-vigilantes have weakened our community by turning on other citizens without due process. 

Citizens must advocate to authorities for community safety outcomes.


"Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know" 


is not a community safety nor national security issue

It is covert bullying. 

There ought be onus on citizens to be genuine in complaints. 


Pete Dowe






Hyper-Vigilantism: The Rise of:

Duty of Care.

Victoria's Parole Board "Indefensibly" and tragically failed Jill Meagher

and Victoria.


Pete Dowe




"Mr Callinan said there is too much emphasis on the rehabilitation of offenders and not enough on the possibility of them re-offending."



"There is a mode of thinking - an assumption, perhaps almost a presumption - that after a non-parole period has expired, a prisoner has a right to parole," he said."





Board admits indefensible mistake: Meagher

VICTORIA'S parole board have admitted they made an indefensible mistake when they failed to imprison Adrian Ernest Bayley after he breached parole, the husband of his murder victim says.
Tom Meagher, whose wife Jill was murdered by Bayley in a Brunswick laneway last September, said the Adult Parole Board made the admission in a recent meeting he had with them.
"They admitted that was an indefensible mistake which I was surprised at, but then again it is indefensible," he told the ABC's 7.30 program.
"It is also confronting to know that this was so easily preventable."
It was revealed on Tuesday that when the board decided to release Bayley on parole on rape charges, the decision was based on an ill-organised file and they didn't even speak to him.
When Bayley attacked a man in Geelong 18 months later, the board didn't act to get him off the streets.
When Bayley raped and murdered Ms Meagher, he was both on parole and on bail while he appealed the assault sentence.
"What I don't understand is especially after the attack in Geelong how they didn't reinforce the curfew at least is baffling," Mr Meagher said.
"So they seem to have done nothing after the incident in Geelong which defies belief really."
Mr Meagher said the board made apologises for a series of mistakes in their decision making on the case.
"It's a real shame that something like this needs to happen before people take notice," he said.
"I'm not angry I just want people to do what they say they are going to do."
Former High Court justice Ian Callinan is scathing of the missed opportunities to put Bayley back behind bars in his report on the state's parole system, a review prompted by the Meagher case.
He notes there was reluctance from some people to discuss the case.
Mr Callinan was given Bayley's parole file but said it was deficient in not disclosing the names of the panel members who granted him parole.
The file itself was ill-organised, with no single document detailing a straightforward complete chronology of Bayley's criminal history.
Most cases go before an under-resourced parole board for only a few minutes.
Mr Meagher said the board's chair told him its funding was $2.5 million a year, one sixth of the New South Wales board's budget.
Corrections Minister Ed O'Donohue confirmed the decision to release Bayley on parole in March 2010 was made on a paper assessment.
"My understanding is that was made on the papers but that's a decision and a matter for the parole board," he said.
Bayley was sentenced to three months' jail in February 2012 for the Geelong assault but was granted bail while he appealed.
Mr Callinan says it is "not easy to understand" why Bayley wasn't jailed.
Bayley, 42, was jailed for life in June with a minimum term of 35 years after pleading guilty to Ms Meagher's rape and murder. He is appealing his sentence.
The parole board did not comment on the Bayley case on Tuesday.




Recommendations of the Callinan review









Mr Callinan said there is too much emphasis on the rehabilitation of offenders and not enough on the possibility of them re-offending.

"There is a mode of thinking - an assumption, perhaps almost a presumption - that after a non-parole period has expired, a prisoner has a right to parole," he said.



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Community Safety Hyper-vigilantism Covert Bullying "Just so you know, I thought you should know"


Say No to Bullying Vigilantism, Sexism, Racism and Homophobia



Pete Dowe




The Rise of Hyper-vigilantism. On the Road to Nowhere.



According to the NSW Rape Crisis centre, only 1% of sexual assaults are committed by strangers. 

Hyper-vigilantes have weakened our community by turning on other citizens without due process. 

Citizens must advocate to authorities for community safety outcomes.


"Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know" 


is not a community safety nor national security issue

It is covert bullying. 

There ought be onus on citizens to be genuine in complaints. 


Pete Dowe







"Bullying in the school yard or workplace is always unacceptable 
because of the damage and harm it causes..."


Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead 
The Age 19.6.14


"Bullying outside school or the workplace with the damage and harm it causes

is however apparently acceptable?"


Pete Dowe



What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as the repeated less favourable TREATMENThttps://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png of a person by another or others in the workplace 

which may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate in workplace practice. 

It includes behaviour that could be expected to intimidate, offend, degrade, 

humiliate undermine or threaten.



Covert Bullying

Examples of covert bullying may include:

  • deliberate exclusion, isolation or alienation of the employee from normal work interaction, such as intentionally excluding the employee from meetings
  • placing unreasonably high work demands on one employee but not on others
  • allocation of demeaning jobs or meaningless tasks only
  • unreasonably ignoring the employee
  • undermining another employee, including encouraging others to "gang up" on the employee

  • deliberately withholding information that a person needs to exercise her or his role or entitlements within the University
  • repeated refusal of requests for leave or training without adequate explanation and suggestion of alternatives.
  • demeaning remarks

  • constant unreasonable and unconstructive criticism


Effects of bullying


Bullying in the workplace can result in absenteeism, reduced staff productivity and motivation, and loss of experienced and skilled staff through resignation. 


Bullying may also have significant social and health costs for individual staff, including loss of 

confidence, increased anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, headaches and increased blood pressure.

Bullying can also affect others in the workplace in a similar way, even when they are only witnesses to the bullying and are not subject to the bullying themselves.

In addition to productivity and staff turnover issues, bullying has a seriously negative effect on the University through both management time in dealing with the problem and potential legal implications.


 Pete Dowe,