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Cops Too Lazy Nowadays?

By extra - 23 June 2008 120

My girlfriend was bashed by her neighbour but when the police arrived they refused to charge him. Claiming since there were no independent witnesses (apparently me witnessing it wasn’t good enough) that it would be a waste of time to pursue and it would get chucked out of court anyways.

They said all this without even bothering to ask other neighbours and turned a blind eye to our injuries. They even refused to let my girlfriend put in a police statement until she kept hassling them for 2 weeks.

What does it take before police will actually do their job and take it seriously? I also heard you can’t use video footage in court if the accused is not aware they are being taped – is this true?

I would like to see ACT Policing provide...

  • Mercy in a time of no guns (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Guns in a time of no mercy (6%, 14 Votes)
  • Anarchy! (8%, 18 Votes)
  • More hard working police (18%, 40 Votes)
  • More hard work from police (19%, 42 Votes)
  • More police (29%, 65 Votes)
  • Zero tolerance to any offence (18%, 41 Votes)

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120 Responses to
Cops Too Lazy Nowadays?
DJ 3:07 pm 23 Jun 08

And one time at Band Camp, Police……

S4anta 3:04 pm 23 Jun 08

@DJ

As for the questions, i suspect the mod’s put them up there. I am pretty sure ‘Extra’ had nothing to do with that.

As for the whole police resposne thing – pass. Its been done to death and i am over the whole vitriol from both sides of the fence.

DJ 3:00 pm 23 Jun 08

No problem CanberraResident!

I live here and now thanks very much Dalryk – your question regarding the claim of rape is hardly in the same category of this claim. Regardless, if the claim was made it would be taken seriously. I suspect that in this case either it didn’t happen or ‘extra’ wasn’t happy with the actions of Police and is venting here… who stands by watching their girlfriend getting bashed? I guess they were hoping for footage to post on YouTube instead of providing EVIDENCE to Police…..

As for your examples… make a complaint if you feel strongly. I’ve noticed that many people don’t and I would speculate that they don’t because their own behaviour was not something they wish t revisit or have examined in detail.

Farq – do you have a good reason for believing such a flimsy story or why it should be believed?

bigred 2:54 pm 23 Jun 08

extra, lots of cops here who will try to drown you out no matter what. This does sound like something that should be raised with the ombudsman and maybe the Minister (as well as here) if it is an accurate account. I look forward to reading about the outcome.

CanberraResident 2:46 pm 23 Jun 08

sorry sorry sorry to DJ

the above post was intended for EXTRA.

Deadmandrinking 2:45 pm 23 Jun 08

I agree Farq. Ask the other neighbors if they saw anything as well.

DJ, of course people question the veracity of police failures. They just get drowned by the staunch pro-police-in-every-situation-possible crowds.

CanberraResident 2:45 pm 23 Jun 08

DJ, there is something not quite right about your story. I doubt the police would just let it go if it was serious enough to proceed. There have been numerous serious and less serious attacks in Canberra, some with NO witnesses, and the police do all they can to investigate those. Why not yours?

You say “bashed”? Strong words my friend. So what were the injuries? What implement was used in the bashing? Was she admitted to hospital, or see a doctor?? How long were you standing there before you intervened, given you say you “witnessed” the incident. Take photos if she’s been “bashed”, you’ll need them as evidence if this goes further.

I suggest you’ve written a rather one-sided story and there’s more to this than meets the eye.

Go to WIN news. I’d love to hear more about this.

dalryk 2:30 pm 23 Jun 08

DJ, on what planet do you live? I suppose if the girl in question had claimed to be pack raped you would also dismiss her story as implausible, or failing that she asked for it?

I’m sure there’s more to this story than has been revealed, but I’m also sure that whatever the disagreement, it’s no justification for physical violence. And I’m also frustrated that the police didn’t see fit to investigate the matter at all.

I friend of mine recently got caught up in a road rage incident where the other driver, no doubt responding to some percieved slight, got out of his car, opened my mate’s door and proceeded to start pounding away at his head. All this happened on a busy intersection, with multiple witnesses who volunteered their details. They had the guy’s numberplate, his blood was all over the car window (which he had tried to punch through prior to opening the door), and when the police interviewed him he admitted doing it.

I’ll give you two guesses as to whether any charges were laid. And yes is not the right answer.

I’ve personally been assaulted in civic trying to break up another fight, positively identified the guy 5 minutes afterwards (with corroborating witnesses), with blood on his shirt, but the cops let him go because he didn’t have any blood on his hands (which may or may not have been washed in the time between when the bouncers were asked to keep him inside and when we saw him walking out the back entrance).

I don’t know what you have to do in this town to get the cops to actually do something, other than travel 5ks over the speed limit that is.

farq 2:14 pm 23 Jun 08

DJ said :

From what we have been hold (and how it was told) I hope they explained themselves better to the attendig Police – ifthis actually happened. Does it sound like the truth to you? In my opinion ‘extra’ comes across as well educated but the story is not credible to me.

People here question the veracity of everything until it comes allegations of Police failing to act then it seems like it is open day for some who believe that they are always right and Police have picked on them (boo hoo).

And the police here respond like their collective shat never stinks, anyone who suggests so must be lying.

Extra: Lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman.

DJ 2:08 pm 23 Jun 08

Sorry for the double post…. if this isn’t fishing for a bite then what is with the poll?

DJ 2:06 pm 23 Jun 08

From what we have been hold (and how it was told) I hope they explained themselves better to the attendig Police – ifthis actually happened. Does it sound like the truth to you? In my opinion ‘extra’ comes across as well educated but the story is not credible to me.

People here question the veracity of everything until it comes allegations of Police failing to act then it seems like it is open day for some who believe that they are always right and Police have picked on them (boo hoo).

flying doormat 2:01 pm 23 Jun 08

I cant believe you just stood their and watched your girlfriend get beaten up by her neighbour. If she had any brains she would be giving you the flick you soft bastard

Deadmandrinking 2:00 pm 23 Jun 08

Heaven forbid she was actually assaulted by her neighbor DJ! Who’d believe her then?

relle 1:52 pm 23 Jun 08

I had a very similar incident last month. was doing the music at an 18th birthday party at stromlo and the young boys (18yrs) that live next door turned up with bricks and metal bars and attacked all the adults. Funnily enough none of the young people at this party were assulted. The police and an ambulance was called. There has been no follow up from the AFP. Very dissapointing indeed!! Certainly wont be doing any more 18th birthday parties.

DJ 1:51 pm 23 Jun 08

You idiot. Your claims are so pathetic that I would speculate that you are a known RA ‘Police hater’ user another login trying to get another bite.

On the off chance that you are not the above and you believe that this occured, I suppose that the feathers from her angel wings should have been a dead give away to Police that she had nothing whatsoever to do with this incident and was the innocent victim here. Being her partner I bet you’l give everybody a clear-cut honest and impartial account. And no you are not impartial therefore your evidence holds a lot less value than an independent witness.

Happy fishing fool

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