Continuing thoughts that may make me unpopular
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This morning I have read two news articles that have left me speechless and more than a bit fearful.
This one reveals the number of Victoria Police officers who were caught speeding last year and were let off the hook. While many of these offences apparently occurred in the line of duty, “The Ethical Standards Department took no disciplinary action against any member caught speeding, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said” despite an Age investigation which revealed that “one in 12 caught did not have a good enough excuse to escape a fine or warning”(!!!)
Personally, this article was confirmation for me as I have seen police cars speeding more often than I should when they are travelling without lights and sirens. It’s also just so reassuring to know that they have no data on the number of off-duty police who are caught speeding.
Then I read this article about the treatment of an Aboriginal man in Katherine, NT by two police officers who have been ‘counselled’ but not ‘disciplined’ for their disgusting, racist and completely unprofessional behaviour. I think the Police Department in the NT are as culpable as the police officers. Why wouldn’t the officers behave like this if they know that there will be no repercussions for them!?
Don’t get me wrong. I am sure there are ‘good cops’ out there but someone in the PR department needs to start bringing them to light because as long as people are being degraded, 15 year olds being killed you won’t find me trusting a cop as far as I can throw them…and that won’t be far, I’m not very strong!
And while we’re on the subject, when exactly are the AFP going to be called to account for their actions surrounding the Bali 9? Why weren’t we, the people of Australia, more outraged by this action, or lack of?
Sorry, ranting here and will probably have to write a retraction later – I just can’t believe the lack of accountability in our ‘law enforcement’. It’s just like a green light to corruption.
I can’t help but wonder, if there’s no one to keep you accountable then how can we trust you?