Teen girl 'humiliated' after errant police strip search at Splendour in the Grass, inquiry told
Strip search - Wikipedia
A police force in Australia will be investigated after it emerged officers had strip-searched a year-old girl at a music festival. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission in the country has now confirmed it will scrutinise the practice of strip-searching more generally during a three-day public hearing next month. The hearing was announced two days after the closing of an inquest into six drug-related deaths at music festivals in NSW between December and January Under Australian law, police can only carry out strip-searches if the urgency and seriousness of the situation requires it and, in the case of minors, if a parent or guardian is present.
A strip search is a practice of searching a person for weapons or other contraband suspected of being hidden on their body or inside their clothing, and not found by performing a frisk search , by requiring the person to remove some or all of his or her clothing. The search may involve an official performing an intimate person search and inspecting their personal effects and body cavities mouth, vagina, anus etc. A strip search is more intrusive than a frisk and requires legal authority. Regulations covering strip searches vary considerably, and may be mandatory in some situations or discretionary in others. In North America, civil lawsuits, as well as criminal code charges against strip searches have usually been successful when a person is strip searched by someone of the opposite sex, especially in cases where a woman has been strip searched by a male guard or guards.
Updated October 21, A teenage girl who was forced to strip and squat in front of police after a false detection by a sniffer dog told an inquiry she "could not stop crying". The girl, who was 16 years old at the time and is known as BRC, said she had been waiting in line on day one of the Splendour in the Grass festival at Byron Bay in