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NEWS > 08 September 2006

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Cheers for police charged over
SEVEN policemen charged over a bridge shooting in the chaotic aftermath of hurricane Katrina have turned themselves in at the city jail, where more than 200 cheering supporters met them.

Each faces at least one charge of murder or attempted murder over the shootings on September 4, 2005, on the Danziger Bridge, where two people died and four were wounded.

Defence lawyers say the seven officers are innocent. As the men arrived at the jail, supporters lined the street. One sign in the crowd read "Thanks for protecting our city". One protester shouted "Police killings must s... Read more

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Police Assoc condemns axing of

The Police Association has condemned a move by Victoria Police to scrap the Armed Offenders Squad.

The move comes only months after it was revealed that some of its members were under investigation by the Office of Police Integrity (OPI).

The Armed Offenders Squad is being replaced with a new group called Taskforce 700 or Taskforce Emerald.

In announcing the change, Assistant Commissioner Simon Overland would not comment on an OPI investigation into claims of assault and intimidation of suspects by some members of the squad.

"We think there's a different and better way to deal with armed offending and we're now putting those arrangements in place," he said.

Police Association secretary Paul Mullett says it is a sad day for Victoria Police.

"It's an even sadder day for what is a very proud squad," he said.

He has also condemned a move to dock the pay of around 60 officers who walked off the job for several hours in protest against the changes.

 

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