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Australia Festival deaths: 'Don't blame NSW cops'

06:20  16 october  2019
06:20  16 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Overloaded bus returning from a Hindu festival in Nepal slips from road and plunges more than 160 feet killing 11 and injuring more than 100 passengers

  Overloaded bus returning from a Hindu festival in Nepal slips from road and plunges more than 160 feet killing 11 and injuring more than 100 passengers An overcrowded bus plunged 164 feet after slipping on a bend in Tikhukomod, Indrawati Rural Municipaltity of Sindupalchok district, Nepal on Friday. Eleven were killed.The packed Helambu Yatayat bus was ferrying passengers who had been celebrating the Hindu festival of Dashain from Sindhupalchowk to neighbouring Kathmandu.

The NSW inquest into deaths at music festivals heard from medical staff, police, and experts about the deaths of six young Australian festival goers at various festivals . It’s not just the inquest that has shined a spotlight on the harm reduction methods of NSW ’s police and government: Greens MLC

The deaths of five young music festival revellers in as many months will be scrutinised before the NSW Coroners Court next week. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has welcomed an inquest into the spate of deaths , as well as any recommendations that arise from such an inquiry, while drug reform

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NSW officers say it's "offensive and wrong" to suggest heavy-handed policing may have contributed to young people dying from drug overdoses at music festivals.

Leaked draft recommendations from Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame propose pill testing be introduced across the state and NSW Police cease using sniffer dogs at festivals to reduce the risk of revellers "double dosing, pre-loading and swallowing drugs" to avoid detection.

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The deaths of these black men, which happened on consecutive days, catalyzed outrage and prompted protests in cities across the country. This message of condemnation against cop killings has been repeated countless times, especially during past isolated shootings of police officers by black civilians.

NSW coroner’s draft music festival recommendations include ‘pill testing and scrapping sniffer dogs’. Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame has been overseeing an inquest in Sydney on the deaths of six young people at music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019.

The coroner also suggests strip searches be limited for similar reasons.

A police sniffer dog in action during Splendour In the Grass in Northern New South Wales.© AAP Image/Regi Varghese A police sniffer dog in action during Splendour In the Grass in Northern New South Wales. But Police Association of NSW acting president Kevin Morton says the coronial inquest into the deaths of six young people who died after taking MDMA at music festivals had "turned into an unbalanced and unjust blame game".

"Any inference made by the coroner that our members have contributed to the deaths of festival-goers is offensive and wrong," he told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

In a statement he added: "There is no safe way to take drugs. Detecting (drug dealing) has to remain a priority. I call on the judicial system to back police in that process."

Mr Morton argued the Coroners Court was not an appropriate forum for "making policy".

"(Rather) we would be in favour of a drug summit to allow expert debate and to go about this in a proper, balanced and fully thought-through manner," he said.

The Berejiklian government has refused to consider pill testing in NSW despite most experts recommending medically-supervised pill testing should be introduced at festivals and permanent venues.

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