THE tactics of a police squad set up to
target outlaw motorcycle gangs has come
under fire, with a magistrate ordering the
NSW Police Force to pay more than $100,000
in court costs.
In Penrith Local
Court, Magistrate Jennifer Betts accused police
of unfairly targeting bikies "just because of
who they are" when she dismissed the charges
against eight Nomads members. She said it was a
knee-jerk reaction and police were unable to
prove any of the charges.
The bikies had
been charged by highway patrol officers with
multiple traffic offences after being stopped
while participating in a ride on the Great
Western Hwy at Werrington.
some of the men were zipping through traffic
without indicating, obscuring number plates,
speeding and not stopping their motorcycles when
Commissioner Nick Kaldas last night said police
would examine the decision and were likely to