In a situation where there is just too much raw evidence against the Police who brutally pack attacked a man in the Ballina lock-up, there has finally been some charges laid against 4 police officers, but the issue has the massive task of getting past the pro-establishment court system, that is well known for watering down abuses against our First Nations people.
Jamelle Wells ABC News 16 October 2014
Four police officers will stand trial accused of bashing an Aboriginal man at Ballina on the New South Wales north coast.
A total of 25 charges were laid against six officers after an incident involving Corey Barker in January 2011.
The 23-year-old was falsely charged with assaulting a constable, until video footage from Ballina police station showed him allegedly being bashed and left handcuffed in a cell while he was injured.
The assault charge against Mr Barker was dropped after a magistrate watched the video.
After a Police Integrity Commission (PIC) misconduct investigation, six former and serving officers were charged with numerous offences that include common assault, lying under oath and fabricating evidence.
In Downing Centre Local Court four of the men - Constable Lee Walmsley, Constable Ryan Eckersley, former Sergeant Robert McCubben and Senior Constable Mark Woolven - were committed to stand trial after waiving their right to a committal hearing.
The court heard a fifth officer will also waive his right to a committal hearing.
The men are due back in court later this year. Their trial will be in 2015.
The PIC report ruled that the treatment of Mr Barker by officers was "violent".
The four officers are pleading not guilty.
Pack attack bashing of young man in Ballima Police Station
Rodney Stevens 16 October 2014
At least four of the six former and serving Ballina police charged over the bashing of Aboriginal man Corey Barker will stand trial in 2015.
The trial relates to the January 2011 assault of the then 23-year-old at Ballina police station.
When Mr Barker went to the aid of two friends having a domestic dispute on Tamar St, Ballina, he was arrested and taken to Ballina police station where the assault is alleged to have occurred.
For more than 12 months Mr Barker faced charges including assault police over the claimed assault of a senior constable.
In August 2012, everything changed for Mr Barker when footage was aired in Ballina Local Court showing the violent assault of Mr Barker in the police station by officers.
The footage showed Mr Barker being punched, kicked and thrown on the ground by officers.
When this evidence emerged, Magistrate David Heilpern referred the officers to the Police Integrity Commission.
The commission launched a misconduct investigation into allegations of assault, lying under oath, tampering with evidence and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The misconduct investigation resulted in 25 charges including assault, fabricating evidence and lying under oath, being laid against the six officers.
This morning Constable Lee Walmsley, Constable Ryan Eckersley, former Sergeant Robert McCubben and Senior Constable Mark Woolven appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court.
All four entered not guilty pleas and waived their right to a committal hearing.
They will stand trial in 2015 on a date yet to be set.
David Hill and former constable Luke Mewing are due to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on today (17Oct14) over the matter.