Probe into park death
THE Crime and Misconduct Commission is considering whether t wo Townsville police officers who ran over an indigenous woman in a city park in late 2009 will be disciplined over the incident.
A 40-year-old woman was hit while asleep in Central Park on the corn e r o f S t a n l e y a n d Saunders streets on December 3 and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The case went straight to an Ethical Standards Command investigation in Brisbane.
A police spokeswoman this week told the Bull
the two officers, aged 47 and 26, were still serv- ing in their roles and the matter had been taken over by the commission.
More than a year on from the incident, a commission spokeswoman said the matter had been f i nalised but i nvestigators were still determining what outcomes would arise from the investigation.
‘‘ The Crime and Misconduct Commission has completed the investigation,’’ she said.
‘‘ Consideration is now being given to appropriate action and, as a result, no further comment will be provided at this stage.’’
I n d i g e n o u s a c t i v i s t Gracelyn Smallwood yest e r d a y s l a m m e d t h e length of the investigation, saying any disciplinary action should have been handed out months ago.
However, she said she was not surprised with t h e d e l a y s , c l a i mi n g there was a culture of racism in the Queensland Police Service.
‘‘ Why am I not surprised given seven years down the track, they’re still investigating police f or f abricating i nformation over the death of Mulrunji ( Doomadgee in custody),’’ she said.
Ms Smallwood said the accident could have been avoided in the first place if police cars were fitted with technology available to civilians.
‘‘ I drive an SS Commodore and when I put it in reverse, there’s a sensor camera,’’ she said.
‘ ‘ W h e n y o u ’ r e a p - proaching anything, a big alarm goes off, so if the average person can have it fitted, why can’t police?’’