In 2020 Senior Constable Alex Cooney sent an open letter to NSW Police Commissioner raising concerns about how the police force were being used during the State of Emergency powers and questioned the proportionality of the response to the threat of COVID-19.
In it he challenged the current mainstream narrative, using well-researched references and called for an investigation.
In response, the NSW Police placed Alex on leave and a gag order, subject to the outcome of an investigation. However, the investigation was of Alex, not the critical issues he sought to be investigated.
Alex is one of the few officers who served more than 10 years without a single complaint, so it goes without saying that their investigation into Alex was fruitless.
Now almost a year later, after serving as an officer for more than 12 years, Alex has resigned from the NSW police force that he loved, due to legal, moral and ethical concerns about how the police are being directed and utilised during the covid-19 pandemic.
This has allowed Alex to speak publicly for the first time.
He says that if Australia is a truly democratic society, why use the police force to silence any dissenting voices?
The real question is, he says, is will the NSW Police remain silent and complicit on this matter, or will they remember the oath of office and statement of values, and open a meaningful probe into a critical matter of public interest and a return to good judgement in policing?
Cooney says police are being used to target groups that question government conduct and justifying it as ‘public safety’.
Visit his website here.