It’s clear that Socially Engineered adores a good hypocrisy, even more so when it comes from those laboured with keeping things straight. Three New South Wales police officers remain on duty despite being referred to the corruption watchdog for lying under oath.
Ballina Local Court heard the case of Aboriginal man Corey Barker, who was arrested in the tranquil north coast holiday town last year for allegedly throwing a bottle. The court heard the officers had claimed he became violent, punching Senior Constable David Hill in the face.
At the time of trial, security footage of the melee was unavailable, apparently due to faulty equipment. However, when security footage was repaired, it showed it was police who had assaulted the 23-year-old. Senior Constable Ryan Eckersley kicked Mr Barker in the head and another officer kneed him in the side.
Mr Barker was dragged to a cell where he was left handcuffed for more than an hour with significant injuries.
Yesterday, magistrate David Heilpern found the officers had given “palpably false evidence”. The magistrate referred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission and said three officers could be tried for contempt of court.
Police have confirmed the officers remain on duty.
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