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Its interesting isn’t it when an alleged whistleblower of possible serious police misconduct, is himself the subject of a charge of misconduct for allegedly leaking security footage, which calls into question the activities of four Queensland Police officers.

One would have though the focus would be on what the footage purports to reveal -and that is the alleged bashing of a handcuffed man by four members of the police force.

If this is proven to be true – not only is it gutless, but a serious breach of the power conferred on police by the community they are supposed to protect.

Terry O’Gorman said ‘ That person civilly sued the police and was paid out a significant sum of money in a confidential settlement, and yet none of the police concerned have been criminally charged.’

Now, if the footage isn’t true then why did the person sue the police and why was there a confidential settlement where that person was paid a sum of money?

Why haven’t those officers been charged with assault or assault causing grevious bodily harm? Police are quick to charge police with assault at the drop of a hat, yet when the boot is on the other foot, where are the charges against the police?

It seems to me that this is the law gone mad – or one law for the public and one law for the police.

All members of society have to abide by the law – and that includes the police. In fact it is arguable that they should be held to a higher standard than that of the general public.

Council president Terry O’Gorman said the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has become almost ineffective when dealing with internal police investigations and called on it to review an alleged whistleblower’s case.

Sergeant Rick Flori was suspended and charged with misconduct after allegedly leaking security footage of four colleagues bashing a handcuffed man at the Southport police station in 2012.

 

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