The Australian (13 July 2009) - Victoria Police has failed to tackle the shoot-to-kill culture that made it the nation's most deadly force, and its officers should not be trusted with taser stun guns, the state's police watchdog has declared.
A damning report from the Office of Police Integrity, due to be released this month, is believed to recommend sweeping changes across Victoria Police to safeguard the public from poorly trained officers unable to defuse life-threatening situations.
Victorian police have been notorious for their deadly use of force since the mid-1980s. The OPI says successive police commanders, including recently departed chief commissioner Christine Nixon, did not do enough to combat it.
The fatal shooting of 15-year-old Tyler Cassidy by three officers last December sparked debate on whether the police should be armed with tasers. ... [LINK]
One can only imagine the nightmare scenarios that would certainly have occurred if an out-of-control, trigger-happy police force is provided with hand-held torture devices. It's nice to see that the local watchdog has it figured out.
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