Aboriginal children removed from home ‘at gunpoint’ by heavily armed police



Sept, 12, 2014

Heavily armed police were used to remove Aboriginal children from their home “at gunpoint”, the New South Wales Greens say.

Greens MLC David Shoebridge is demanding the State Government explain why the officers helped Family and Community Services

(FACS) workers take eight children from a house in Moree earlier this year.

Mr Shoebridge said the family was traumatised.

“[It’s a] deeply troubling story of a family that’s been woken soon after dawn,” he said.

“[They used] shields, helmets, assault rifles, the mother and father taken from their beds, shaken from their beds, handcuffed naked, children marched out at gunpoint.”

Police confirmed officers from the Barwon Local Area Command helped FACS officers execute a court warrant, saying they attended to prevent any breach of the peace or public order incident.

A spokesman for NSW Police said the officers were from the Operational Support Group.

Neither the department nor NSW…

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