Posted April 06, 2018 05:30:03By Mark SissonThis is the sound that can be heard on many of the streets in Melbourne when a police car is being driven.
It’s one of the sounds that can also be heard when a person is being dragged by a dog while under arrest.
For many people, this sound is something they can relate to and it’s also one that has become a common complaint amongst people across Australia.
It is a sound made by a member of the public who is dragging someone by the neck or arms.
The Australian National University’s law professor, Professor Simon Fraser, has described the sound as a “dangerous and intrusive noise”.
“There’s a great deal of evidence that this is an extremely dangerous and intrusive sound,” he said.
Professor Fraser said it could have “devastating consequences for people in detention”.
“It’s a sound that causes a lot of anxiety, it’s a dangerous and invasive noise that can cause panic attacks, it can cause physical trauma and, of course, it has a direct and very serious impact on people in the detention centres.”
The loud noise is the subject of a case before the Federal Court.
A lawyer for a man detained in the Manus Island detention centre, Paul Daley, told the court he had been dragged by police on several occasions and that the sounds had become so familiar that it had become his “favorite”.
The noise is a common feature of police vehicles and the man who lodged the case said he felt “very strongly” that it should be prohibited.
“That noise causes a huge amount of anxiety and distress to detainees,” the lawyer said.
“If it can’t be stopped, it makes detainees feel like they’re not in control of their situation.
They’re in a constant state of fear that something might happen.”
Professor Fraser is not the only academic who has raised concerns about the sound.
He is the author of a report called “Police in detention: The danger of sound” which he presented to the Victorian Human Rights Commission in May.
Its report said the sound could “seriously impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of detainees”.
Professor Malcolm Brown, from the University of Sydney’s Centre for Mental Health and Law, said the “harmful and intrusive nature” of the sound had to be considered.
“[It] can make people feel isolated, and that isolating is often very difficult,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
In his report, Professor Brown also said the noise could be perceived as a form of “threat”.
“The most important part of the police noise is that it’s loud and loud, it doesn’t take a lot to make people anxious,” he explained.
While Professor Fraser says the sound should be banned, Professor David MacKinnon, from Melbourne’s University of Technology, disagrees.
According to Professor MacKinesons report, the sound can “be quite loud in some places, and it is difficult for police to differentiate between police and public noise, which is the real danger of the noise”.
“You can be fairly sure that the police sound is going to be perceived by the community as loud and aggressive,” he added.
Australian Federal Police has said it would “take the strongest possible action” against anyone who “intentionally causes harm to the public”.
In a statement issued to ABC Radio on Tuesday, the Federal Police said it was “aware of the reports of police officers using excessive force”.
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