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Hawk_francais

Premiership Player
Sep 20, 2015
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The VicPolice, while in the course of investigating a violent home invasion, break into someone's home and violently assault them. Turns out it was the wrong guy... whoops. And he only struggled because he thought it was a home invasion... whoops.

This is a Big Lebowski level cock-up, but apparently this is Police doing their job, tough line of work blah blah blah? Police have apologised to the victim, but the union boss says it wasn't even necessary to do so. He says he hopes the police will enjoy "more support and less judgement" as they carry out dangerous work protecting the public from high-risk offenders. IBAC found that the police... did nothing wrong... well stone the crows.

If this had been an AFL player with a severely broken arm, what would we be saying about this?
 

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Aug 21, 2016
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The VicPolice, while in the course of investigating a violent home invasion, break into someone's home and violently assault them. Turns out it was the wrong guy... whoops. And he only struggled because he thought it was a home invasion... whoops.

This is a Big Lebowski level cock-up, but apparently this is Police doing their job, tough line of work blah blah blah? Police have apologised to the victim, but the union boss says it wasn't even necessary to do so. He says he hopes the police will enjoy "more support and less judgement" as they carry out dangerous work protecting the public from high-risk offenders. IBAC found that the police... did nothing wrong... well stone the crows.

If this had been an AFL player with a severely broken arm, what would we be saying about this?
Regardless of IBAC you would think this guy has a substantial compensation claim against VicPol. They are not the sharpest tools in the shed - they had to pay out more than $3 million after they shot a young couple in a Melbourne nightclub in 2017.
 

Hawk_francais

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Sep 20, 2015
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Regardless of IBAC you would think this guy has a substantial compensation claim against VicPol. They are not the sharpest tools in the shed - they had to pay out more than $3 million after they shot a young couple in a Melbourne nightclub in 2017.
I do care about the guy in question, he should rightly be entitled to a mountain of compensation.

But this is more in general about IBAC. How can the state police break into the home of someone completely unaffiliated with any crime, leave them with severe injuries, and then have nobody take responsibility by saying "well this person got this bit wrong, or didn't follow protocol"? I'm not saying that heads need to roll, but if all checks and protocols were followed, then there is surely something wrong with the checks and protocols. This is a total head-scratcher of a decision.
 

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