Thursday, February 02, 2012

It's OK to strip-search a 12-year-old girl: Police

Tasmanian Police have reviewed the strip-searching of a 12-year-old girl by Tasmanian Police and concluded that their action was OK. Now isn't that a surprise. Despite searching her twice during a drug raid on her parent's home, police found no drugs on the girl.

The police version of the event differs considerably from the mother's. She says the girl was in tears while the police say she appeared unconcerned about policewomen looking inside her knickers. The police point out that they did not do a "cavity search". Phew!

The searches would have been illegal in other states, requiring other permissions such as consent from a magistrate. Amid calls for Tasmania's search laws to be tightened, still no-one in the media is questioning the basic cause of such needless travesties - prohibition itself.

The police say "drugs and cash" were found at the house. But the lack of any detail about the drugs probably means they found only a small quantity of pot. If a major stash was found, or even a 'trafficable quantity', presumably the police would have been trumpeting that in their defence. Because, you know, if your parent is a publican selling 'trafficable quantities' of beer, that's fine, but if they sell the less harmful cannabis they are the incarnation of evil.

The harms of prohibition are greater than the harms of the drugs it fails to control, yet Australian media seem unable to recognise this elephant in the room. Are these journalists wilful or just stupid?

Ah, justice!

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