Chad Butler, Goonengerry
Wow, now that story struck a big nerve in me. I remember when I was 16 and my only time in trouble with the police – for petty shoplifting.
They were very respectful fellows even after I’d originally bolted away from the store’s security guards; still, they could see I was of no serious threat. Why? Because I was 16? Probably yes. Because I wasn’t armed? Definitely yes. Because I looked seriously afraid of them and the entire situation? Totally yes again!
But from what I’ve read about the January 11 incident outside the Nomads backpacker hostel – here there was one naked 16-year-old on acid versus four male adult, sober (well we certainly hope so), skillfully trained police officers.
Was the 16-year-old victim seriously afraid at that moment? Yes, and probably too high to be seriously aggressive and obviously too naked to be carrying any weapons!
Doesn’t it make you seriously wonder – are we in the hands of reverent, highly alert, and emphatic police officers? Or just negligent, fearful, and aggressive cowboys?
Come on fellas, 18 times with a batton, even after he was cuffed? What a bad blow for the respectful NSW force. Better we just name, shame, and sack these cowards.