Victoria Police must not enable the #ThugsVeto!

We are very concerned about the possibility of any future attempt by Victoria Police to utilise the power to levy fees, especially targeted at those organised events whose viability may be threatened by:

1. The conduct of groups who publicly proclaim their intention to violently disrupt such events and to threaten and harm and terrify those attending them; and,

2. The decision of the police, in response to such unlawful conduct, to impose crippling financial penalties upon the promoters of such events merely because they have called upon the police to perform responsibilities which constitute the ordinary discharge of a core police responsibility.

The victims of politically motivated violence and intimidation at public events are fully entitled to proper police protection. It is deeply troubling that Victoria Police gives the appearance of enabling unlawful conduct by failing to enforce the law on some occasions and, on others, charging fees on the victims.

Victoria Police will see their reputation restored as they return to a commitment to the core responsibilities of upholding the law and protecting the orderly exercise of free expression and free assembly.

Premier Daniel Andrews, Police Minister Lisa Neville,

Cancel and apologise for past invoices issued to those who have broken no laws and cooperated fully with Victoria Police. Publicly announce a policy to instead target only those individuals or groups protesting without permits, trespassing on and/or wilfully damaging private property, inciting violence, or harassing and intimidating law abiding citizens in the myriad ways that they do.

Return Victoria Police to performing its legislated purpose of serving the Victorian community and upholding the law so as to promote a safe, secure and orderly society. Immediately direct your Chief Commissioner of Police to stop imposing fees on the victims of lawless behaviour which, in effect, enables and rewards thugs for using threatened and actual violence.

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Ron Anderson
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Joe Graham
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Steven Higson
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Michelle Adriaans
Daryl James
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Leszek Jaskiewicz
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