14 Dec 2023

Six cases of excessive police force at parliament occupation

From Midday Report, 12:11 pm on 14 December 2023

The police watchdog has found officers used excessive force in six incidents during last year's protest and occupation of Parliament's grounds.

In a report just released, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has summarised 17 investigations following more than 19-hundred complaints regarding the three week occupation.

It found a police officer's use of a fire extinguisher against protesters on the final day of the protest was in self-defence, but he and other officers were not justified in continuing to spray protesters after they'd turned their backs and were trying to climb down from a column.

Another officer used excessive force in punching an elderly man twice in the head in defence of a female colleague.

President of the Police Association Chris Cahill spoke to Midday Report.