Opinion

Police need training in anatomy

WHILE watching news footage of the anti-CSG protest at Glenugie, I saw a man bent double by two policemen who were pushing his arms up behind his back. I could clearly hear the man saying, "I am not resisting."

Meanwhile the police were forcing his arms higher and repeating, "Stop resisting."

It was obvious to me that police need to include studies of the human body in their training so they can understand when they are trying to force a person into an impossible posture. The only resistance they were getting was the inability of the protester's body to bend where they were trying to push it.

It looked like uncalled-for, irrational violence to me.

Many people who attended the blockade at Glenugie are so concerned about the potential for CSG to damage their water, soil and air that they are protesting for the first time in their lives. The behaviour of some police at Glenugie will have severely shaken these protesters' belief in the decency of the police.

However, it will not have daunted their belief in the need to stop the unconventional gas industry in its tracks.

Hugh Nicholson

Terania Creek

Topics:  opinion


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