Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Police illegally raiding homes: lawyer

A Gold Coast lawyer says police raided the home of his client for no reason.

Glenn Mylne is also representing four Gold Coast police officers who say they have been involved in 'raid days' when illegal warrants are issued to search the homes of innocent people.

They have made complaints to the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC).

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) says it has been investigating complaints against some of its officers for almost a year.

The QPS says it is investigating the officers' complaints, but is unaware of complaints from anyone who has had a search warrant served on them.

But Mr Mylne says illegal 'raid days' have been happening for five years and one of his clients is affected.

He says it may not be appropriate for justices of the peace to issue search warrants.

"The standard required by a magistrate would be expected to be higher than the factual standard required by a justice of the peace, who, when it comes down to it, don't have any real legal training," he said.

A police media statement says the Ethical Standards Command has been trying for nearly a year to get specific information about wide-ranging and nebulous complaints from a small group of officers.

It says one of the officers has been stood down and is facing serious criminal charges.

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