A number of NSW police officers are under investigation by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission after allegedly conducting invasive searches at the Lost City music festival in February. A public hearing on Monday revealed three boys aged 15, 16, and 17, were forced to remove their clothing and show officers their genitals before entering the venue. None of the boys were found in possession of drugs, and only five of 30 searches were performed in front of a guardian, the inquiry heard. Peggy Dwyer, who is representing the LECC, said the year-old was stopped and frisked after a drug dog appeared to detect something. Officers then told the boy to lift his shirt and arms up, before instructing him to pull his pants down. The term 'gooch' refers to the area between a man's testicles and anus. The boy told investigators he felt 'pretty scared' when he was picked out for a search and 'froze' after hearing the cop's commands. Like, do I just pull down my pants and show you everything or like what? The inquiry heard an officer also allegedly stuck his hands down a year-old's underwear and 'made contact with his testicles.
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Controversial police powers allowing strip searching at music festivals have been investigated as part of the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission LECC last month. She was one of seven children who were strip-searched at the event. The NSW police watchdog also revealed that it investigated six separate allegations of police misusing strip-search powers, and that there have been 3, strip-searches by police on women in NSW since Most were aged under 25, under the age of 18 and girls as young as 12 were forced to take off their clothes under police strip-search powers. Whilst children under 10 cannot be strip-searched, all minors must have a parent or guardian present unless the search is considered by necessary by police for the safety of the person or to prevent evidence being destroyed. These searches are only to be conducted when it is reasonable because of the seriousness or urgency of the circumstances. The LECC has heard that in some cases police were not aware of what is required when dealing with minors, and of questionable justification for conducting a strip-search. The lack of proper procedure and paperwork is being held as a theme for the enquiry, with police records showing strip searches as having been completed yet not recorded as such.
Updated October 21, A teenage girl who was forced to strip and squat in front of police after a false detection by a sniffer dog told an inquiry she "could not stop crying". The girl, who was 16 years old at the time and is known as BRC, said she had been waiting in line on day one of the Splendour in the Grass festival at Byron Bay in After a sniffer dog came and sat next to her, she said an officer said: "Put your hands where I can see them and don't reach for anything. She was told to go to the corner of a tent where a female police officer put on a pair of rubber gloves. The officer first told her to take her denim jacket and denim shorts off and she was then told to take off her lace leotard. BRC said while she thought she would be patted down, it soon became clear she would be strip-searched. I could not stop crying. I was completely humiliated.
Brakkton Booker. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that he is "deeply disturbed" by reports of a young girl being strip searched at a corrections facility last month. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Friday that he is suspending a policy that permitted correctional staff to perform a strip search on an 8-year-old girl last month as she was trying to visit her father. The incident took place days before the Thanksgiving holiday at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, about a minute drive west of Richmond. The girl was "stripped naked and searched" by correctional staffers, according to The Virginian-Pilot , which broke the news of the strip search incident on Thursday. It said the girl, "was led to believe refusal would result in not being allowed to see her father. Northam, a Democrat, announced via Twitter Friday that he had ordered a suspension of the policy along with an "immediate investigation. I am deeply disturbed by these reports—not just as Governor, but as a pediatrician and a dad. I've directed [Virginia Public Safety and Homeland Security] to suspend this policy while the Department conducts and immediate investigation and review of their procedures," he tweeted.