Opinion: Stand up to hooligans

It's time the police got tough on hooligans and louts
It's time the police got tough on hooligans and louts

It is now a common weekly occurrence at out-of-control parties when large gatherings of hooligans assault and injure police and innocent neighbours with bricks, bottles and picket fence posts while also causing thousands of dollars of related damage.

The previous government’s weak responses have resulted in the rapid growth of this ghastly social cancer.

The new State Government must take strong action to eradicate this abomination by amending the law to fight fire with fire by authorising our efficient police officers to use tear gas, tasers and batons to disarm and arrest these party crashing louts.

A night duty magistrate can accompany the police and, without gender or race bias, sentence the offenders to on-the-spot strokes with a cane, with a stern warning that a repeat arrest will warrant double the strokes.

It would have been well justified if similar punishments were applied at the recent mob riot in Kalgoorlie where our attending police were spat upon, physically injured and finally racially abused.

Surely the long-suffering public have had a gutful of this despicable anti-social behaviour.

Leslie Cummings, Morley