One man and a car! Why? At this point we don’t know, but his reason will never justify his actions and any remorse ever lessens his evil.
Whilst we have had our fair share of tragedies, on a global scale we still consider Australia a safe place to go about our day-to-day lives and when events like occur we are genuinely rocked to the core. What makes this even more of a tragedy is less than 24 hours later Police are being critised for how they handled this matter. The alleged perpetrator was reported to have been involved in an assault earlier in the day.
Now here is where the police can never win, while this crime continues to be investigated and facts coming to light, I see a recurring trend in Australia when it comes to how police deal with instances like this in the public domain. Any job where part of your tool kit is a weapon tells me you have a dangerous and potentially life threatening career and the role of police is to protect and serve the public, but as I see it the public never seems happy with how they do it and the legislators never give them adequate powers to do their job.
Firstly, if a police officer draws their weapon and shoots and kills someone doing the wrong thing it’s trial by public scrutiny. Here’s what you hear “surely they could have used capsicum spray” “why didn’t they shoot them in the leg” “They only had a knife” “There were 3 police to one person” and the list goes on and on. Everyone is a Monday morning coach and until you have a person threatening your wellbeing you and I are not qualified to comment, point-blank.
Secondly, the legislators do not give the police adequate powers to resolve these situations for fear of the bleeding hearts complaining of police brutality, they talk big and deliver small. Successive governments have lacked the will to support police who, when they get a perpetrator to court the judiciary slaps them on the wrist and imposes sentences that don’t fit the crime or please the public.
Sadly the police are damned if they do and damned if they don’t and it is a job I could not do. I do know this, if I had a choice of whether a police officer or innocent bystander made it home to their family at the end of the day or someone who breaks the law I will take the former every time and honestly believe the world is a better place with some people not in it.
There is a lot more to come out of this tragedy and my heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims of this heinous act of savagery.