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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 36, No 11 May 30th, 1973

Heads we Win..

Heads we Win...

Last Tuesday The Herald published a report of a disturbing episode without the slightest flicker of awareness of its implications A woman had attempted to hang herself with a blanket in a New South Wales police station lock-up A policeman saw her attempt and with a fellow constable managed to prevent its successful completion

The subsequent reaction of the police was not to have her seen by a doctor, or placed under intensive psychiatric care, or any other reasonable rehabilitative moves She was Charged in Court Next Day with Malicously Damaging the Three Dollar Blanket and Convicted of the Offence.

One would almost suspect that the function of police was to protect property rather than people