COMMENT

“Regardless of whether drugs are located”.

That’s the most troubling bullshit section of what was a profoundly troubling, bullshit message sent out on social media by NSW Police yesterday, regarding their draconian presence at this weekend’s Above and Beyond music festival at the Sydney showground.

“Police warn that drug detection dogs will patrol the venue and can detect the presence of prohibited drugs or someone who has recently had drugs on them. If a dog makes an indication you will be denied entry.”

Now, it should be made clear that these dogs are often used by the police to target and profile minorities, young people, or whoever they want, basically.

The presence of these dogs gives them permission to search people, regardless of their civil liberties. Anyone that looks like they may have drugs, can be searched. Now they have stepped up the powers of these dogs, so they can pick and choose who they allow to enter the festival.

South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell explains:

“These dance parties can be a dangerous environment, particularly when alcohol and illegal drugs are involved.

“We all know there is no quality control in the production of illicit drugs and you are putting your life at risk.”