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1 May 2024

End use of drug dogs, reduce police presence at future Mardi Gras: study

Government & Organisations, LGBTIQA+ Community, Personal Safety

End use of drug dogs, reduce police presence at future Mardi Gras: study

A study of policing at WorldPride and Mardi Gras events in 2023 found it was heavy-handed and damaging to its relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community.

A group of law academics, legal professionals and advocates has called for a scaling back of police operations at future Mardi Gras events after a study of policing at Sydney World Pride and Mardi Gras venues in 2023 found it to be excessively aggressive, invasive and in some cases, potentially unlawful.

The study was authored by academics from UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle and was published recently in the journal Current Issues in Criminal Justice. It comes in the wake of increased scrutiny of policing in relation to the LGBTQIA+ communities following the decision by Mardi Gras organisers to ask NSW Police to not wear their uniforms in this year’s parade.

Guest:  Dr Louise Boon-Kuo, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney Law School.

Presenter:  Warren Andrewe

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