Friday, 13 December 2013

Police to be charged - Roberto Laudisio Curti

Looks like they're getting the book thrown at them. The police are under increasing community pressure to justify their police investigating police complaints system. It's unusual here for police get much more than a slap on the wrist when things go horribly wrong. I do remember though the Curti case was about the last ten straws all at once for the community. It sparked international demonstrations in Brazil (Curti was a Brazilian student here) and saw the cops purger themselves at the coroners inquest, in public, in a well publicised case. Now there are 4 officers who were involved in the arrest to be charged, albeit I think the charges are a bit light considering Curti died at their hands. I mean, assault "occasioning bodily harm"? FFS the guy's dead. 
Tasers were fired up to 14 times - nine of which hit Mr Curti - and he was restrained by seven officers using three cans of OC spray, two sets of handcuffs, a police baton and "half a tonne" of officers, an inquest heard last October. 

State Coroner Mary Jerram stopped short of recommending criminal charges and instead referred the matter to the Police Integrity Commission when she handed down scathing findings. 

The Police Integrity Commission referred an extensive brief of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions in May, recommending that some of the officers be charged. 

On Friday, the DPP advised the PIC that there was sufficient evidence to charge four of the officers. 

It is expected that Senior Constable Scott Edmondson and Constable Daniel Barling will be charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Senior Constable Eric Lim and Senior Constable Damien Ralph will be charged with the lesser offence of common assault. Read more

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