Galeano in­quest Of­fi­cers talked of fir­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Roanne John­son roanne. john­son@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

TWO po­lice of­fi­cers first on the scene at a Bran­don unit where a man was al­legedly tasered up to 28 times dis­cussed s hoot­ing An­to­nio Galeano when the use of the de­vice failed to be ef­fec­tive.

Con­sta­ble Ma­rina Cross said de­spite the de­ploy­ment of the taser, the naked, ranti n g a n d b l o o d - c o v e r e d 39-year-old con­tin­ued to be a g g r e s s i v e a n d v i o l e n t to­wards her and Se­niorCon­sta­ble Craig Myles, so lethal force was sug­gested.

‘‘( Sen-Const Myles) said if ( Mr Galeano) doesn’t calm down one of us may have to shoot him,’’ she said yes­ter­day at the in­quest into the Bran­don man’s death.

I n her e v i d e nce Const C r o s s c l a i me d s h e wa s shocked to hear that the taser may have been ac­ti­vated 28 times be­cause she only wit­nessed her col­league u s e t h e d e v i c e o n f i v e oc­ca­sions.

‘‘ I clearly re­call only ac­ti­va­tions,’’ she said.

Const Cross added that she be­lieved Sen-Const Myles’s use of the de­vice was ap­pro­pri­ate as she felt ‘‘ threat­ened and shocked’’ by Mr Galeano’s be­hav­iour af­ter be­ing called to a Green St ad­dress on June 12, 2009.

When she ar­rived, sounds of smash­ing glass were heard as a ‘‘ hys­ter­i­cal’’ San­dra Wynne told them Mr Galeano was ‘‘ go­ing off’ and they then saw him, blood-cov­ered with di­lated pupils and rant­ing.

‘‘ His be­hav­iour was very

five b i z a r r e , ’ ’ Const Cross said.

She told the in­quest SenConst Myles fired his taser when Mr Galeano l ooked like he was try­ing to pro­ject him­self out of the win­dow to­wards them. But the ac­ti­va­tion was not ef­fec­tive, she claimed, and Mr Galeano re­mained at the win­dow, so Sen-Const Myles tasered him a sec­ond time and he fell to the bath­room floor.

‘ ‘ ( Mr Galeano) then at­tempted to stand up, but slipped and fell on his side. Then he tried to get his foot­ing to stand up again, and slipped on his stom­ach,’’ Const Cross said.

The po­lice­woman said she then used OC spray to ‘‘ ab­so­lutely no ef­fect’’ as Mr Gale a no s t a r t e d i nchi ng to­wards her, armed with a metal pole.

She told the in­quest that Sen-Const Myles, who had then come to join her in­side, ac­ti­vated the taser three more times to help in try­ing to sub­due Mr Galeano so he could be hand­cuffed.

Const Cross said a strug­gling and rant­ing Mr Galeano was kept re­strained on the ground while they waited for as­sis­tance.

She said Ayr po­lice sta­tion of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior-Sergeant Gavin Oates was on the scene soon af­ter and started chest com­pres­sions when Mr Galeano’s face was seen to turn black. But no oral res­pi­ra­tion was given as a CPR face mask could not be found in a po­lice first-aid kit.

T h e i n q u e s t c o n t i n u e s to­day.

Const Cross

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