Are Victoria Police running protection rackets, now?

Victoria Police want to start charging for the privilege of not being beaten up by thugs like these. Picture: Jake Nowakowski / The Australian

In a classic Monty Python skit, a pair of gangster spivs try to blackmail an Army commander with an old-style protection racket: “You’ve got a nice army base here, Colonel … suppose some of your tanks was to get broken?”

It appears Victoria Police, in Australia, have hit on the same scam.

Victorian police will bill Milo Yiannopoulos’ promoters for 50k

Controversial British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and his promoters will be asked to cough up at least $50,000 to cover the heavy police presence at his Melbourne event.

“Nice little event you ‘ave ‘ere, Guv – be a shame if someone was to protest it, now wouldnit?”

Hundreds of police were sent in to control up to 500 left-wing and up to 50 right-wing activists who clashed violently outside Yiannopoulos’ Kensington event on Monday night.

The rights and wrongs of the law are clear, here: Milo and his promoters were simply going about their lawful business, and hundreds of left-wing protestors tried to stop them. Yet, it’s the victim of the law-breaking who is being sent the bill?

“Well, Mrs Jones, before we talk about arrestin’ anyone fer breakin’ inter yer ‘ouse, ‘ow about a little somethin’ fer the lads?”

Police Minister Lisa Neville said the event’s organisers would be sent a bill for at least $50,000 to cover the police presence.

She said it was a standard practice for these kinds of events.

Is it? A member of the Liberal Democrats party, whose Senator David Leyonhjelm hosted Milo at Parliament House, has emailed the Minister, seeking clarification:

Are there any official, publicly viewable guidelines for when an event will incur such a fee? If so, could you please direct me to or provide a copy of these guidelines?

Furthermore, as the email points out, this sets a disturbing precedent that may well undermine the rule of law. If conservative groups are going to be billed tens of thousands of dollars, every time a group of leftists violently disrupt peaceful, lawful events, that provides an incentive to leftists to stage more violent protests.

Has it been considered what impact the invoicing decision will have, in terms of creating future incentives for these groups to protest more frequently, in greater numbers, and with behavior that will maximize police expense, knowing that their political enemies will bear the cost?

In Britain, police regularly prosecute social media users for saying things about Islam that don’t please the authorities, while Islamic rape gangs operate with impunity, and tens of thousands of jihadists roam free.

In the U.S., authorities have been criticised for standing down, while far-left paramilitaries like Antifa run riot. At its worst, police and government inaction has been blamed for doing nothing, in Charlottesville, even as public order descended into anarchy before their very eyes, with the result that a protester was killed.

Are police becoming the enforcement wing of “socially progressive” governments? What do actions like this say for public order and rule of law?

– The Australian

– Email courtesy of Liberal Democratic Party

 


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