Over 570 Australians Arrested In Police Crackdown On “Booze-Fueled Violence and Anti-Social Behavior”

HarrisonMarissa Calligeros writes for Brisbane Times:

More than 570 people, including seven juveniles, were arrested in Queensland as part of a two-day police blitz targeting booze-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett said more than 1000 uniformed and plain-clothed police officers flooded potential trouble spots across the state, including bars, from 6pm on Friday.

Over the two nights, 574 people were charged, including seven juveniles who were apprehended over a combined total of 28 charges.

‘‘We’re disappointed that this level of police enforcement is necessary to ensure community standards of behaviour are being met,’’ Mr Barnett said.

Officers were forced to move 322 people to safety during a sweep of nightclub precincts, and issued 154 move-on directions.

‘‘We will continue to enforce the law to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy a night out in public places without their evening being ruined by a selfish few who have no regard for the rights of others,’’ Mr Barnett said.

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  • Johnnymoronic69

     Finally, the great cleansing of undesirable is upon us! Rejoice!

  • Johnnymoronic69

     Finally, the great cleansing of undesirable is upon us! Rejoice!

  • http://twitter.com/BanjoLawson Banjo Lawson

    Alcohol fuelled violence is a growing problem in Australian cities. Your freedom to get wasted becomes a problem when your violent behaviour harms others.

    • Grooveboss

       im pretty sure the violence is there without the alcohol

    • Melbourne Guy

      As a Melbournian (a guy who lives in Melbourne, Australia) we apparently have a very high rate of drunken violence, or so the media tells me.

      Except I used to go out every weekend, get drunk, and be in those high risk areas.
      Nothing was going on except for people getting drunk and having a good time.

      I guess we better go back to beating up Indians…oh wait…that turns out to not be true either…

  • http://twitter.com/BanjoLawson H.B Llawson-Paterson

    Alcohol fuelled violence is a growing problem in Australian cities. Your freedom to get wasted becomes a problem when your violent behaviour harms others.

  • dumbsaint

    Strange to see this on Disinfo. I assure you it’s less ‘omg, police state!’ and more ‘omg, police being somewhat effective for once!’. The cops have one of these ‘crackdowns’ every few years, it gets a lot of press everyone pats themselves on the shoulder and the areas go back to being hell-holes soon after. Too many dickheads out there these days.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Yeah.  As a big fan of alcohol I have mixed feelings about this.  I’m generally an easy-going, fun-loving drunk myself, but I know there are many who are quite the opposite.  Alcohol really just makes you more of who you really are at heart, I guess.

      But it does raise the broader question in my mind of whether the only reason certain drugs are associated with crime is because they aren’t patented.  You hear horror stories about homocidal/suicidal steroid users, etc.  Yet they spend so much time enforcement gunpowder on peaceful, loving drugs like pot while giving a free pass to a plethora of dangerous and poorly-tested prescription drugs.

      • dumbsaint

        Well they’re not really targeting drinkers, I mean practically everyone in the area they’re policing is on something. It’s more the violence. The problem is they’ve done a piss-poor effort with these areas in the past and allowed a culture of loutish violence to prevail. Is the term ‘king hit’ used in the states? There’s rarely a weekend that goes by that some young kid isn’t knocked into a coma or worse.

        I agree with you about state-sanctioned drugs. You don’t see many pot smokers getting into violent brawls but that’s the illegal one? They’ll prescribe you a 100 pill box of painkiller opiates then turn around and talk about the the evils of heroin addiction. People still manage to OD on barbiturate cocktails prescribed to folks en masse. 

    • rtb61

       What really counts is how the arrest were conducted, were the injuries, any random taserings or pepper spraying, any suspicious hospitalisations. For a city with a population of 2,043,185 when it comes to arrest over one weekend for variations of drunk and disorderly, 570 does not seem all that many.It would seem to indicate that when there is not a police crack down, that most Australian wont bother calling the police when it comes to drunks and simply deal with or avoid that matter themselves.Keep in mind that Australia police are state police forces, not county or borough sheriffs etc.

    • Guest

      i wholeheartedly agree. i initially saw the article as being spun like we are supposed to be outraged about this, but do you know how pissed i would be if i was trying to have an evening out somewhere and a bunch of rowdy drunk aholes are violating the rights and space of others?  if you’re going to be in a public place and drink alcohol, you better be damn sure you remember you are in public.  somehow we are supposed to believe here because they were in a place that served alcohol and they arrested minors and had to use force (i don’t know if some have seen a drunk person getting arrested.. they fight.. often), that should excuse the reckless and selfish behavior of irresponsible individuals.  i would have definitely complained to somebody if i saw this happening and it greatly affected my evening, as i’m sure people had many, many times for them to finally put patrol in the area to take care of it when they see it.  good for them.  

  • Anonymous

    Strange to see this on Disinfo. I assure you it’s less ‘omg, police state!’ and more ‘omg, police being somewhat effective for once!’. The cops have one of these ‘crackdowns’ every few years, it gets a lot of press everyone pats themselves on the shoulder and the areas go back to being hell-holes soon after. Too many dickheads out there these days.

  • Grooveboss

     im pretty sure the violence is there without the alcohol

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Well…at least the drunken, violent, crude and boorish can find a new future for themselves…in uniform. Nothing makes asshatterey okay like a shiny shiny badge and a truncheon.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

     Well…at least the drunken, violent, crude and boorish can find a new future for themselves…in uniform. Nothing makes asshatterey okay like a shiny shiny badge and a truncheon.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah.  As a big fan of alcohol I have mixed feelings about this.  I’m generally an easy-going, fun-loving drunk myself, but I know there are many who are quite the opposite.  Alcohol really just makes you more of who you really are at heart, I guess.

    But it does raise the broader question in my mind of whether the only reason certain drugs are associated with crime is because they aren’t patented.  You hear horror stories about homocidal/suicidal steroid users, etc.  Yet they spend so much time enforcement gunpowder on peaceful, loving drugs like pot while giving a free pass to a plethora of dangerous and poorly-tested prescription drugs.

  • Demineus

     screw Brisbane, i went there,…. look im not a big drinker, but, i got cut off at like 10 bars there, had maybe about two drinks at each places, there was all these signs at all the bars saying, “We cut you off when your drunk” or, “know your limit”, maybey i was a lil drunk, but im nice and i can handle my shiznit. in Japan, they wont stop serving you if your dead even////////o, Quantis gave me like 12 free shots of rum, so i dont see the problem. people in AU are super Conservative, , 

  • Demineus

     screw Brisbane, i went there,…. look im not a big drinker, but, i got cut off at like 10 bars there, had maybe about two drinks at each places, there was all these signs at all the bars saying, “We cut you off when your drunk” or, “know your limit”, maybey i was a lil drunk, but im nice and i can handle my shiznit. in Japan, they wont stop serving you if your dead even////////o, Quantis gave me like 12 free shots of rum, so i dont see the problem. people in AU are super Conservative, , 

    • Beatit

      So ,ten bars times two drinks equals twenty drinks…We now know two things, one, you were pissed as a fart. Two my maths skills are supoib.
      Im not surprised you were barred, I am surprised that you found ten bars worth drinking at in Brisbane and am now calling your whereabouts into question. Perhaps you were still in Tokyo and just stumbled into Koala blue.

  • Hadrian999

    I wonder if one of them was Donk

  • Hadrian999

    I wonder if one of them was Donk

  • Anonymous

    Well they’re not really targeting drinkers, I mean practically everyone in the area they’re policing is on something. It’s more the violence. The problem is they’ve done a piss-poor effort with these areas in the past and allowed a culture of loutish violence to prevail. Is the term ‘king hit’ used in the states? There’s rarely a weekend that goes by that some young kid isn’t knocked into a coma or worse.

    I agree with you about state-sanctioned drugs. You don’t see many pot smokers getting into violent brawls but that’s the illegal one? They’ll prescribe you a 100 pill box of painkiller opiates then turn around and talk about the the evils of heroin addiction. People still manage to OD on barbiturate cocktails prescribed to folks en masse. 

  • Grimblorski

    Fuck the police
    -Ice T

  • Grimblorski

    Fuck the police
    -Ice T

  • Anonymous

     What really counts is how the arrest were conducted, were the injuries, any random taserings or pepper spraying, any suspicious hospitalisations. For a city with a population of 2,043,185 when it comes to arrest over one weekend for variations of drunk and disorderly, 570 does not seem all that many.It would seem to indicate that when there is not a police crack down, that most Australian wont bother calling the police when it comes to drunks and simply deal with or avoid that matter themselves.Keep in mind that Australia police are state police forces, not county or borough sheriffs etc.

  • Melbourne Guy

    As a Melbournian (a guy who lives in Melbourne, Australia) we apparently have a very high rate of drunken violence, or so the media tells me.

    Except I used to go out every weekend, get drunk, and be in those high risk areas.
    Nothing was going on except for people getting drunk and having a good time.

    I guess we better go back to beating up Indians…oh wait…that turns out to not be true either…

  • Beatit

    So ,ten bars times two drinks equals twenty drinks…We now know two things, one, you were pissed as a fart. Two my maths skills are supoib.
    Im not surprised you were barred, I am surprised that you found ten bars worth drinking at in Brisbane and am now calling your whereabouts into question. Perhaps you were still in Tokyo and just stumbled into Koala blue.

  • Guest

    i wholeheartedly agree. i initially saw the article as being spun like we are supposed to be outraged about this, but do you know how pissed i would be if i was trying to have an evening out somewhere and a bunch of rowdy drunk aholes are violating the rights and space of others?  if you’re going to be in a public place and drink alcohol, you better be damn sure you remember you are in public.  somehow we are supposed to believe here because they were in a place that served alcohol and they arrested minors and had to use force (i don’t know if some have seen a drunk person getting arrested.. they fight.. often), that should excuse the reckless and selfish behavior of irresponsible individuals.  i would have definitely complained to somebody if i saw this happening and it greatly affected my evening, as i’m sure people had many, many times for them to finally put patrol in the area to take care of it when they see it.  good for them.  

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