This video story provides legal information about dealing with police.
It is the part of a series of videos about the law for people who have recently arrived in Australia.
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Transcript of Video
Abdi, in a red hoodie, and his friend Gahmal, in a grey hoodie, are hanging out at a shopping centre and are approached by a Police officer.
Police officer: What are you doing here boys?
Police officer: Were you here yesterday?
Abdi: No. Why do you want to know?
Police officer: Someone who looks like you has committed a crime in this area.
Abdi: I was at work all day yesterday.
Police officer: What is your name and address?
Abdi: Why do you want it?
Police officer: You have to give me your name and address.
Abdi: Alright, my name is Snoop Dogg.
Police officer: Do you have any ID on you?
Police officer: Listen mate, I don’t believe your name is Snoop Dogg. I’m warning you - it’s an offence to provide a false name and address.
Abdi: You tell me your name and address, cop!
Gahmal: Just tell him your name.
Police officer: Give me your real name or I will arrest you.
Abdi: I’m not going anywhere.
Police officer: If you refuse to cooperate I will charge you with giving a false name.
Abdi: My name is Abdi Ghergis. My address is 14.... (fades out with Abdi giving an address).
A few weeks later, Abdi telephones his friend Gahmal.
Abdi: Hey Gahmal how you doing? I just got a letter from the cops.
Gahmal: What does it say?
Abdi: It says, ‘You are charged with providing a false name and address to a police officer.’ They got no sense of humour.
Gahmal: fff! So... What’s gonna happen?
Abdi: I gotta go to the court in three weeks.
Gahmal: Bummer! You better go to Legal Aid man.