Occupy Melbourne: Cops Strip Protester in Park (Video)
Sexual Assault? Melbourne Police Strip Protester
After the Occupy Melbourne protesters avoided eviction from Flagstaff Gardens by wearing tents as clothes, it turns out the Melbourne police wanted revenge, and they got it.
The cops forcibly removed the tent from the protester's body with knives, leaving her in only her underwear. (It's summer in Australia, which means that it's not layering weather.)
This was arguably a sexual assault. The Police Ethical Standards Department is investigating, and we're happy to help: here's a video of the cops stripping the protester, named Sarah, and leaving her in the park. You can her her say, ""This is not consensual. Don’t take my clothes off.’
Police confirmed a probe was under way into allegations of assault, but there was no suggestion it was a sexual assault.
Actually, there is indeed the suggestion that this was a sexual assault.
Melbourne Federal MP Adam Brandt said, "Stripping a woman in public is inappropriate and should not be condoned by Melbourne City Council or Mayor Robert Doyle".