Pre­ventable in­ci­dents

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - YOUR SAY -

I WROTE at the time how disappointed I was with the po­lice han­dling of the 2014 Lindt Cafe Siege.

The per­pe­tra­tor should not have been in Aus­tralia and cer­tainly should have been in cus­tody for pend­ing se­ri­ous of­fences. Po­lice in­ac­tion on the day had dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences.

In Jan­uary 2017 an­other lu­natic killed six peo­ple and wounded 30 oth­ers af­ter in­ten­tion­ally driv­ing down an in­ner city Mel­bourne foot­path. This tragedy oc­curred af­ter 12 hours of po­lice in­volve­ment and af­ter they watched him do burn outs just prior to his fa­tal on­slaught.

In De­cem­ber 2017 an­other in­di­vid­ual wil­fully rammed into Mel­bourne city pedes­tri­ans, killing one and in­jur­ing 18 oth­ers.

All three in­di­vid­u­als were rad­i­cals with men­tal health prob­lems. All three in­ci­dents were pre­ventable.

I be­lieve po­lice hi­er­ar­chy were in­com­pe­tent in all three cases.

Read it and weep.

— JOHN LOBB Pere­gian Springs

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