Probe into park death

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull

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?’’

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