The WA Police union says ["Do you want to go again?"] it will defend the actions of officers who tasered a man on several occasions while he was in custody. In one of three incidents, Kevin Spratt was tasered 13 times at the East Perth Watch House in 2008. On another occasion he was tasered 11 times by officers from the Department of Corrective Services. [LINK]
An organization with even a tiny shred of common decency would issue a general statement condemning this sort of obvious ABUSE and ELECTRO-TORTURE of prisoners.
Because these acts of electro-torture and prisoner abuse are clearly utterly indefensible.
Oh, they could absolutely phrase their statement in very general terms if they wish to avoid making specific statements about their members.
Or, if they're cowards they could choose to hide under their conference table and remain silent.
But no... They've chosen the road even lower than cowardice; they've chosen to take a stand in support of electro-torture and prisoner abuse.
Hey! Don't get mad at me. It's this police union that is the Ethical Disaster Zone.
These officers should be facing criminal charges and it's the place of their criminal defense lawyer to craft a good story to try to explain away the video evidence of prisoner abuse. In that case, I'd mock and laugh, but everyone is entitled to a robust defense. But a police union is playing a very dangerous game if they're seen to defend obvious crimes by police. Civil society should be extremely wary about allowing such organizations to even exist. There oughta be a law...