Police brutality


Position paper

Reforming police oversight in Victoria

This policy brief sets out Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service’s (VALS) position on the key principles for reform of Victoria’s police oversight system.

Enforcing assimilation, dismantling Aboriginal families: a history of police violence in Australia

The history of policing in Australia helps explain some of the dynamics at play in the Black Lives Matter and First Nations Deaths in Custody movement in Australia and a growing push for alternative models of policing.

Despite 432 Indigenous deaths in custody, no one has ever been convicted. Racist silence and complicity are to blame

Many people on this continent know more about police and prison violence in the US, than the same violence that happens here, so what’s behind the curious silence on First Nations deaths in custody in Australia?

Operation Ross: an investigation into police conduct in the Ballarat Police Service Area

In March 2015 IBAC received closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from Victoria Police showing the alleged mistreatment of a woman in custody in the cells of the Ballarat Police Station in January 2015. IBAC subsequently commenced an own motion investigation named Operation Ross. The investigation expanded...

The use of police cautions and youth justice conferences in NSW in 2010

This paper assesses whether the philosophy of the Young Offenders Act (YOA) is being adhered to in respect to the nature of offences being diverted and the use of the hierarchical approach to sanctioning.

Out of sight: endemic abuse and impunity in Papua's Central Highlands

The performance of security forces in the Central Highlands region of Indonesia’s Papua province is an important barometer of the success of security sector reform efforts in the country more generally. For this report, Human Rights Watch investigated 14 cases of alleged human rights violations...