Someone must take the rap for death inquiry
YOU know there are questions unanswered about something when Queensland’s anti-corruption watchdog is powerless to challenge a decision not to take disciplinary action against police who botched the Palm Island death-in-custody investigations. Crime and Misconduct Commission chairman Martin Moynihan said it was ‘‘ almost incomprehensible’’ that the police service had found the six officers did not have a case to answer. Deputy Police Commissioner Kathy Rynders found the officers should face only ‘‘ managerial guidance’’ for their roles in what the CMC called flawed investigations into Cameron Doomadgee’s 2004 death. Mr Doomadgee died from massive internal injuries after a scuffle with his arresting officer, Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley, who was later acquitted of manslaughter. Policing is never easy and it is a thankless job. Keeping criminals on the straight and narrow is a massive challenge, especially in life and death situations. But the Queensland Police Service’s handling of the Cameron Doomadgee death in custody has been incompetent at best, and suspect at worse. Police should not be investigating police. It has put Ms Rynders in a terrible situation. She’s damned if she does find against the cops in question and damned if she doesn’t. Justice remains the state’s top priority on the Doomadgee affair. Loophole or not, somebody has to take responsibility for how the Doomadgee investigation was conducted. The Premier, Anna Bligh, needs to re-examine the case.