Former NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and the NSW Police are facing a formal complaint over their “heavy-handed approach” in issuing more than 60,000 COVID-19 fines between March 2020 and September 2022.
Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) have urged the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) to investigate potential misconduct stemming from Fuller’s directives given in an internal video for NSW Police.
Jonathon Hunyor, the CEO of PIAC, argued that Fuller’s approach may have been unlawful and could potentially constitute maladministration.
“NSW Police opted for a punitive approach at a time when communities were struggling with changing public health orders and the impacts of a global pandemic,” said Hunyor.
“We are asking the LECC to closely scrutinise what look like unreasonable and oppressive tactics employed by police and their heavy impact on people already facing disadvantage.”