Police, Picket-Lines and Fatalities

Lessons from the Past

Authors: Baker, D.

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Police, Picket-lines and Fatalities explores public protests and their management by the police, focusing on the fatalities of strikers at the hands of police and outlining practices towards preventing such tragedies. Uniquely examining the only three worker fatalities in Australian industrial history due to police use of deadly force, this book analyses the frenzied policing involvement that led to the deaths; the lack of accountability of police leadership and individual actions; government and press partisanship; and the deficiencies in criminal justice administration. Baker ultimately questions: were the police merely performing their duty by enforcing the law or were they agents complicit in reckless violence and collusion? With analysis of the recent police shooting of 34 platinum miners at Marikana, South Africa in 2012, Baker looks at the lessons of these case-studies, both past and contemporary, to provide specific applications for developing best practice of police and union peace-keeping protocols during industrial protests and the wider issues pertinent to public order policing of demonstrations in general.

About the authors

David Baker is Head of Criminal Justice at Federation University Australia. After employment at the Victoria Police Academy, David worked at Monash University from 1991 to 2013 and is author of Batons and Blockades (2005).

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“This book is a valuable addition to the literature on labour history, industrial relations, and public order policing, especially for Australian readers. … Situated at the crossroads between these three subfields, it offers a very accessible introduction for undergraduate and postgraduate students, while extending to scholars an intriguing invitation to think more carefully about the conditions under which the police resort to violence against strikers and protesters.” (Raul A. Sanchez Urribarri, Labour History, Issue 111, November, 2016) 


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Police Management of Pickets and Protests: A Global Perspective

    Baker, David

    Pages 1-15

  • Police and the Marikana Massacre

    Baker, David

    Pages 16-35

  • Death by Panic: ‘Bloody Sunday’ on the Fremantle Wharf

    Baker, David

    Pages 36-51

  • Death by Deliberate Aim: Shootings at Port Melbourne

    Baker, David

    Pages 52-65

  • Death by Misadventure during the Rothbury Riot

    Baker, David

    Pages 66-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Police, Picket-Lines and Fatalities
Book Subtitle
Lessons from the Past
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-35806-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137358066
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-35805-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47096-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 109
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