Allegations made against Tasmania Police of inappropriate strip search on youth

On Wednesday evening, 6th January 2021, police arrested a 17-year-old girl for Possess Dangerous Article, Assault Police, Resist Arrest and Contravene Notice.

Since the arrest, many people have expressed concerns over alleged allegations that the youth was strip searched and held in an adult prison cell.

Tasmania Police issued a media release stating “The approval of the detention of the youth to the Hobart Reception Prison was provided by an Inspector of Police in line with policy regarding Aboriginal people and youths in custody.”

“Police take very seriously their obligations and responsibilities in relation to all people in police custody, including Aboriginal people and youths.”

Shadow Minister for Police Jen Butler said she was deeply disturbed by the allegations.

“Every Tasmanian hearing these confronting allegations today should be horrified,” Ms Butler said.

“This is simply not acceptable in a modern Tasmania and it undermines all the good work of other police officers.

“Mr Shelton must consider the calls from the Children’s Commissioner for an end to the practice of strip searching of youths.

“As part of an investigation, the Minister must also take into account the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, which clearly states unless there are exceptional circumstances juveniles should not be detained in police lockups.

“These allegations are extremely serious and Minister Shelton needs to take immediate action.”

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