- The nature of the police
A commissioner, Rudston Read, comments on the abusive nature of the police.
- Published Source
- Serle, Geoffrey, The golden age: a history of the colony of Victoria, 1851-1861, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1963. Details
Transcript… many [police] having been accustomed to that system of convict discipline, it was not in their nature to perform their duty quietly without bouncing, bullying, and swearing at every one: to ask a man quietly whether he had a license was quite out of the question, it must be accompanied by some low-life expression, making, of course, respectable men extremely indignant, and if they remonstrated, they would handcuff them, and swear they resisted them in the execution of their duty.
Created: 24 August 2006