A brand new video has surfaced of NSW police physically forcing a drug dog to sit, and the implications that this footage has are quite simply, astronomical. 

In a new video which first debuted on Reddit and was then shared on the Facebook page “Sniff Off”, NSW police can be seen forcing a dog to sit at the Sydney Showground.

Essentially this implies that the drug dog program is simply a method of intimidation rather than an accurate detection program. A dog refusing to sit implies improper training, and the forced hand on the dog to make it sit speaks for itself. A lot of money is being poured into this program, and it seems that it is truly a misuse of government funding.

Most people searched by police after a positive drug dog indication don’t have drugs on them, which is a form of police harassment and intimidation.

Watch the video below. Content warning for rough animal handling.

Facebook page “Sniff Off”, which looks to end drug dogs altogether, posted the video with this caption:

“Here is a video of police physically forcing a drug dog to sit and indicate a person for drugs last night at Sydney Showground. The dog refuses to sit.

This is evidence the drug dog program is essentially an excuse for police to target certain people. As we can see, a drug dog indication is often manufactured or coerced by police, and is used to justify detaining, questioning, and strip searching anyone police don’t like the look of. If that isn’t the definition of a ‘police state’, then we don’t know what is.

This despicable abuse of police powers shows just how desperate NSW Police are to harass and humiliate people at all costs. Gladys Berejiklian needs to scrap the drug dog program NOW. We can’t allow the Liberals to continue wasting millions of dollars every year on giving police free rein to intimidate whoever they please.

We will be taking this to the Police Minister and the LECC and we urge anyone with footage documenting abuse of police powers to message us.”

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