Po­lice hear­ing was ‘stress­ful, har­row­ing’

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

AF­TER at­tend­ing the hear­ing at the Law En­force­ment Con­duct Com­mis­sion in Syd­ney ear­lier this month , Tweed By­ron Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling spoke ex­clu­sively to The North­ern Star.

The com­mis­sion ex­am­ined the beat­ing handed out to a 16year-old in the early hours of Jan­uary 11, 2018, in By­ron Bay.

In the al­ter­ca­tion, caught on cam­era and later broad­cast on

A Cur­rent Af­fair, po­lice of­fi­cers were shown to have used OC spray, a taser, phys­i­cal force and 19 ba­ton strikes on the boy.

Supt Star­ling said the hear­ing was in­cred­i­bly “stress­ful and har­row­ing” for all con­cerned.

“As you are aware the LECC last week and sev­eral mem­bers at­tended and gave ev­i­dence along with mem­bers of the pub­lic,” he said.

“It was a ex­tremely emo­tion­ally and trau­matic time for the fam­ily and po­lice dur­ing the hear­ings due to the LECC process.”

Supt Star­ling said now po­lice will wait on the LECC out­come.

“We are now await­ing on the re­sult and any rec­om­men­da­tions from these hear­ings,” he said.

Supt Star­ling spoke re­cently about his con­cern for the safety of his of­fi­cers based at the pop­u­lar tourist spot which is see­ing in­creas­ing lev­els of vi­o­lence.

Photo: Marc Stapel­berg

HEAR­ING TRAU­MATIC: Tweed By­ron Po­lice District Su­per­in­ten­dent Wayne Star­ling.

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