This week, the NSW Police have come under fire after a year-old woman alleged that she was strip-searched at Hidden Festival in Sydney, without adequate privacy and in view This week, the NSW Police have come under fire after a year-old woman alleged that she was strip-searched at Hidden Festival in Sydney, without adequate privacy and in view of male police officers. Streeton Lawyers has dealt with a number of cases involving police conducting strip searches on festival-goers without adequate privacy or attempts to preserve dignity. We believe this is a now police practice, which is concerning. In light of the increased use of police powers, it is important to know what your rights whether at a festival or another venue. Police have the power to stop and search you if they suspect on reasonable grounds that you are in possession of illegal drugs.
Watch: Disturbing footage of police strip searching Aboriginal man in public
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The incident occurred last Wednesday in Adelaide. One thing that is very clear from the video is that the police began a strip search of an Aboriginal man on a public street. When they realised they were being filmed, they escorted the man into the garage of a nearby house. The owners of that house had no connection to the man being searched. We will keep you updated about any response from the police over this. This is further proof that our basic rights are not being respected in Australia. We are beginning to see more and more incidents like this being recorded and posted online.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Being strip searched by the police can be intrusive, humiliating and harmful. But the law provides no other criteria to guide police.
A strip search is a method of search used by police, usually for the purpose of finding drugs or a weapon being carried by a suspect. Strip searches can often be more invasive than a regular pat-down search. They can involve a wide spectrum of activities, including:. Strip searches can often cause the suspect to feel that their privacy has been invaded, and many persons may feel a certain indignity when subjected to a strip search. For this reason, a strip search must be supported by reasonable suspicion before a police officer can perform one.