Two police who Tasered a man 13 times while seven other officers watched on may still face criminal charges after the case was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said he had referred the incident to the DPP after the Tasered man, Kevin Spratt, said he wished to press charges. The August 2008 incident was highlighted last week in a review of the use of Taser devices by police, undertaken by the Corruption and Crime Commission. ... [LINK]
There are many points to note in this case:
Given that the fricken video has obviously existed since August 2008, what about the utter failure of the entire chain of command to properly supervise the use of tasers and the abuse of those in custody? It's not just about the officers present, but all the way up the chain of command. Utter abdication of their sworn duty.
Given that this taser-torture incident is so clearly wrong and immoral, why didn't any of those other officers register a formal complaint against those that performed this act? Those that defend the police no-matter-what ("they have a difficult job...") are left to justify their unwavering support in the face of the perfectly-evil 'Blue Brotherhood of Silence.'
These taser-in-typical-use videos do not help Taser International in their long term strategic goals. They must be wondering about the impact as their video products collide with their occasionally-deadly torture devices. More video really will 'protect the truth' - that tasers are torture devices, and are constantly being used in immoral circumstances.