Three serving New South Wales police officers and a former officer have been subject to a six-month investigation of drug charges, code-named “Andro”, in an alleged internal inquiry which the four claim was because of their sexuality.
The investigation was initiated after an anonymous complaint in 2015 claimed that gay police officers Christian McDonald, Christopher Sheehy, Shane Housego, and Steven Rapisarda had used illegal narcotics and they had “loose morals” and were “notorious for their promiscuity”.
The six-month investigation later cleared the four men who believe their treatment was the result of a homophobic culture in the police force.
The four men have taken their case of false charges to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal and are seeking compensation and an apology from the department.
Lawer, Nicholas Stewart who is representing the four men told Fairfax media:
“If police officers are permitted to fabricate evidence against other police officers, what is stopping them from doing it to ordinary members of the community?”