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    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...9-7583,00.html

    Acquittal leaves police force demoralised

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    A YOUNG police officer is called to a brawl involving drunken patrons outside a suburban tavern at the end of a hot February day last year. It's run-of-the-mill stuff, nuts and bolts policing as one copper would later describe it.

    When Constable Matthew Butcher, 32, arrives with four other officers to find a group swapping punches and wrestling outside Joondalup's Old Baily Tavern, it's about 8pm, still light and chaotic.

    Video captured on a mobile phone shows spot-fire punch-ups breaking out all over the road.

    Then, out of nowhere, you see Barry McLeod, 29 -- who with his brother Scott, 35, and father Robert, 56, were drinking at the pub when the fracas began -- running full belt at Butcher's back. The officer had just stunned the older McLeod with his Taser gun after he was set upon by the father of the two younger men. Barry McLeod launches himself and headbutts the struggling, unsuspecting officer in the back of the head. Like a falling tree, Constable Butcher goes face first into the concrete, where he remains motionless.

    Minutes later and after the video ends, the older McLeod, who has a heart condition, then makes the calamity complete by having a heart attack, no doubt brought on by the fight and Taser stun gun. Other officers, while being abused and threatened by the aggressive, gesticulating brothers, perform CPR on the dying man and save his life. The ambulance called for Constable Butcher leaves the crime scene carrying a revived Robert McLeod. A second later, an ambulance takes the injured officer to hospital, where he fights for his life for weeks. He is now paralysed down the left side of his body, confined to a wheelchair and has serious issues with his sight.

    Late on Thursday, a jury acquits the McLeods of all charges except one, saying it was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the officers were acting lawfully. In other words, the jury found that the police were overzealous in their actions. So who was on trial here? The police, apparently.

    The reaction to the decision has been rabid. Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan has appealed for calm among his angry and shocked troops, and admits there have been at least two resignations in the past 24 hours. The police union says it is outraged and the verdict will demoralise the force and kill recruiting.

    Others urge the Butcher camp to pursue the McLeods in the civil courts. The McLeods engaged high-priced Melbourne silks at about $8000 a day for a six-week trial. Some suggest their legal bill may nudge $500,000.

    Yesterday, Scott McLeod was fined $4000 after being found guilty of threatening to kill bystander Jason Winchip. Winchip took the incriminating video. McLeod told Winchip he would "f..king kill you if you do not delete the f..king video".

    His lawyer, Richard Utting, told the court that his client also wished to thank the two officers who saved his father's life. No doubt Constable Butcher and his colleagues will be chuffed by McLeod's kind words.


    A second later, an ambulance takes the injured officer to hospital, where he fights for his life for weeks. He is now paralysed down the left side of his body, confined to a wheelchair and has serious issues with his sight.
    The tv also said (i guess its just assumed here) that he has suffered pernament brain damage...

    This is disgusting.

    edit: video here: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/stor...13-948,00.html
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    This is disgusting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the article
    Then, out of nowhere, you see Barry McLeod, 29 -- who with his brother Scott, 35, and father Robert, 56, were drinking at the pub when the fracas began -- running full belt at Butcher's back. The officer had just stunned the older McLeod with his Taser gun after he was set upon by the father of the two younger men. Barry McLeod launches himself and headbutts the struggling, unsuspecting officer in the back of the head. Like a falling tree, Constable Butcher goes face first into the concrete, where he remains motionless.
    This paragraph seems particularly tortuous - was the elder McLeod Tasered before or after his son rushed the copper?

    I wonder if the general public become demoralized when the cops beat up someone...

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    Minutes later and after the video ends, the older McLeod, who has a heart condition, then makes the calamity complete by having a heart attack, no doubt brought on by the fight and Taser stun gun.[...]He is now paralysed down the left side of his body, confined to a wheelchair and has serious issues with his sight.
    God damn I hate tasers.
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    The sensationalism in that article is laughable. Tony Barrass your a journo not a bloody novelist. He's trying to educe pity and quite frankly I have none for Policemen, it's their job too bad, get better health cover next time. And a jury decided what they believed should have been the verdict, should we make them change there verdict just because some people don't like it? No, too bad.

    Maybe next time they should just shoot everyone, that'll solve the problem.
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    http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/stor...13-948,00.html

    There is video of it on that link.
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    I have no pity/empathy. They were doing their job and if they were good at it they would never have got into that situation anyway. Anyone who uses a taser should get what they deserve.
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    So the cop was tackled after he tasered the guy's dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander the Pretty Good View Post
    So the cop was tackled after he tasered the guy's dad.
    There goes his one defence in my mind.
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    From what I could tell from the video, the cop should've tasered the son; he was scuffling harder than the father, who seemed more to be trying to hold the cops back from his son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    I have no pity/empathy. They were doing their job and if they were good at it they would never have got into that situation anyway. Anyone who uses a taser should get what they deserve.
    Right... that must make sense somewhere.

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    After watching that video, if I were a friend/family member of the officer who was paralyzed, I would pay this Scott a little visit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kush View Post
    Right... that must make sense somewhere.
    In my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kush View Post
    Right... that must make sense somewhere.

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    After watching that video, if I were a friend/family member of the officer who was paralyzed, I would pay this Scott a little visit.
    With his dad given a heart attack and his family 500k in the hole I think I'd call this even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountArach View Post
    God damn I hate tasers.
    Eh, you cut that out nicely because the one who is paralyzed is the officer who was headbutted and not the old man who got tazered....please read that again, the video also shows the officer in a wheelchair.

    I also think this is absolutely disgusting, this guy causes serious head damage to a police officer and then walks away free?!?!?!
    That's absolutely not just in any way you take it.
    I'd have given him about 10 years, and that is considering he was drunk and noone died.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Husar View Post
    Eh, you cut that out nicely because the one who is paralyzed is the officer who was headbutted and not the old man who got tazered....please read that again, the video also shows the officer in a wheelchair.
    Yeah I just re-read it. Anyway I still think Tasing was what caused this whole problem to escalate to the level that it did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountArach View Post
    Yeah I just re-read it. Anyway I still think Tasing was what caused this whole problem to escalate to the level that it did.
    And I still think that drunken idiot would have headbutted the officer anyway, they just tazed the wrong guy.


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    The police officer was defending himself from the psycopathic old guy. What the drunkard scumbag did was total ********. The trash ball should be put to death, and the police department should pay the officer for the first year that he is out of work.

    EDIT: Tell you what, police around the world aught to go on strike, then see the cowardly ********* beg for them to come back. People have gone way too far with their mistreatment of the police. They think that just because they wear a uniform they are suddenly less human (when in fact, they should be treated with more respect for their position and the risks they take for the public). The jury who aqquitted that ******* deserve to be horsewhipped.
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    Maybe its just because I'm British and I respect any authority figure except politicians, I can't believe the attitude some people here have towards the police. I thought the police were the good guys?
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    I just watched the video, it seemed to me that the son got pissed at the cap because he tasered his dad.

    First off, the cop needs some serios wrestling/martial arts lessons. A drunk old guy was going toe to toe with him, no skill whatsoever was involved in that video, none.

    2nd, When you whip out a weapon in a street fight -where there was previosly no weapons- then expect crazy stuff happening like a headbutt from behind. The cop took the fight to a whole new level with the taser, and lost.

    Maybe its just because I'm British and I respect any authority figure except politicians, I can't believe the attitude some people here have towards the police. I thought the police were the good guys?
    The average police officer listens into peoples conversations, breaks into their homes, and steals their stuff then punishes them for it. Im talking of course of marijuana but the other stuff (Like the thread "2 adults beat up a teenager") is just icing on the cake. O, and cops arent exactly pleasant people to be around.
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    The average police officer listens into peoples conversations, breaks into their homes, and steals their stuff then punishes them for it. Im talking of course of marijuana but the other stuff (Like the thread "2 adults beat up a teenager") is just icing on the cake.
    Rubbish, the cops don't make the laws, they just enforce them because it's their job.
    I don't want to ask people whether they have a payback card, yet I do it because it's my job.
    There are other ways to stop that then assaulting policemen, like legal ways through changing the laws.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooks View Post
    O, and cops arent exactly pleasant people to be around.
    My experience is the opposite.
    And now what?

    We just had a whole thread about bad cops and yes, those exist but in this example what we have are not a bunch of innocent teenage kittens getting gang-raped by police but a bunch of drunken troublemakers who started a fight with police.

    On the use of the tazer and escalation, IMO they should have taken the baton and clubbed them to the point where they were unable to move, man those drunkards got off easy there.
    At least then we wouldn't have any tazer discussions.
    Wrestling around with a drunken guy is not the job of the police, maybe next time some guys hold hostages in a bank with knives, the police should only send in knife fighters?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Husar
    On the use of the tazer and escalation, IMO they should have taken the baton and clubbed them to the point where they were unable to move, man those drunkards got off easy there.
    I think you hurt your case when you argue for more police brutality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husar View Post
    Rubbish, the cops don't make the laws, they just enforce them because it's their job.
    I don't want to ask people whether they have a payback card, yet I do it because it's my job.
    There are other ways to stop that then assaulting policemen, like legal ways through changing the laws.



    My experience is the opposite.
    And now what?

    We just had a whole thread about bad cops and yes, those exist but in this example what we have are not a bunch of innocent teenage kittens getting gang-raped by police but a bunch of drunken troublemakers who started a fight with police.

    On the use of the tazer and escalation, IMO they should have taken the baton and clubbed them to the point where they were unable to move, man those drunkards got off easy there.
    At least then we wouldn't have any tazer discussions.
    Wrestling around with a drunken guy is not the job of the police, maybe next time some guys hold hostages in a bank with knives, the police should only send in knife fighters?
    So a torturer(extreme example but a easy one) should not be responsible for what he does since its only his job? And I never advocated assaulting policemen.
    My experience is the opposite.
    Im sure your the minority, as most people have contact with police when they are being questioned or pulled over (Dont ask me to get a statistic for that, thats a educated guess) in their car. Most of those experiances are unpleasant, which may be one of the reasons some people have no respect for cops, something which Rhyfelwyr was shocked by.

    On the use of the tazer and escalation, IMO they should have taken the baton and clubbed them to the point where they were unable to move, man those drunkards got off easy there.
    At least then we wouldn't have any tazer discussions.
    I dont know what was before the video. Were the cops trying to arrest them for being drunk in public or what? Some drunken people dont really appreciate trying to get put in handcuffs and turn violent. In this case the old man was just struggling, a 8th grade wrestler couldve took him down in 10 seconds; is that a good excuse to you for beating him completely senseless?
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    I just watched the video, it seemed to me that the son got pissed at the cap because he tasered his dad.
    So what? Is that an excuse? Heck, why didn't he just take out a gun and shoot the cop? The cop tasered his dad, what the heck. His dad is a criminal, as is he. That is no justification at all.

    First off, the cop needs some serios wrestling/martial arts lessons. A drunk old guy was going toe to toe with him, no skill whatsoever was involved in that video, none.

    You are missing the point Mooks. He is a police man, he was trying to pull him away from the other guy he was attacked and stop a brawl. He was trying to beat the guy up. He pulled him away, and then the guy attacked him.

    2nd, When you whip out a weapon in a street fight -where there was previosly no weapons- then expect crazy stuff happening like a headbutt from behind. The cop took the fight to a whole new level with the taser, and lost.

    I cannot tell you how much respect for you I lost. 1st off, he was not 'street fighting', he was simply trying to calmly pull the scum away and stop a streetfight, then he was attacked and needed to act to defend himself.
    2nd of all, he is a police man, and as such is a representative of the people and his country. He deserves the respect that that uniform should give him, and he should not have to worry about a drunken dirtbag coming up from behind and paralyzing him.
    3rd of all, the old guy was at his throat, and he needed to defend himself. A taser is not a firearm or a baton, it is a taser. They are given them for just this reason. If the son was worried about his father's heart condition, then maybe he should have questioned why his father was in darned street fight in the first place. That is not what you do when you have a heart condition.
    Also, when you attack a police man, expect weapons to be used, and fast. He is darned lucky that it was only a taser.



    The average police officer listens into peoples conversations, breaks into their homes, and steals their stuff then punishes them for it. Im talking of course of marijuana but the other stuff (Like the thread "2 adults beat up a teenager") is just icing on the cake. O, and cops arent exactly pleasant people to be around.
    Really? If I was to make a bet, I would say the only experience you have with police is getting pulled over for DUI and having your illegal drugs taken away. If that previous statement made me lose respect for you, this takes the cake. My dad was a marksmanship trainer for the local police, and I have been around them since I was a very small child. Cops are just like anyone else, normal people with the same types of families, dreams, etc. In my experience, MOST of the police I have known have been more responsible, better family people, and much more easy going than the average person. They are usually people who feel a strong commitment to justice, and do not want to see the weak abused by criminals. People who believe in making the world a better place for the common person. Sound cheesey? Well, there are people like that out there you know, they are just the ones that people hate. I think people like you don't like the laws, so you hate those who enforce them. If you do not like the laws, take it up with the lawmakers, not the guys who put their lives on the line every day to make your world safe. If police across the world were to go on strike, there would be so much crime, so much violence, so much death and misery that ungrateful and disrespectfull people like you would suddenly be begging for them to come back. I suggest you learn what you are talking about and show some respect for those who put it all on the line to ensure that we can live normal lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooks View Post
    O, and cops arent exactly pleasant people to be around.
    Maybe it's an issue of personal experience, but I can't help but object to this. At my Primary School, officers used to come in fairly regularly to talk with the pupils, help establish links between the police and the community. And I think it really helped boost relations between the police and society, I remember the kids that were always getting in trouble could talk with the police, there was a kind of mutual respect between them. There's been a lot of good work like this done in my area. The police are well aware of the social problems leading to crime. It helps when the police don't see those they arrest as scummy individuals, and similarly if the arrested party know the police well, and don't see them as in-human fascists come just to spoil their fun.

    I also did my work experience with the police force, couldn't have asked to meet nicer people. As Vuk said, it sounds cheesy but they believed in what they were doing, and they did not hate or want to take advantage of whoever they came into confontation with.
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    All the police is interested in is your money. Die, or don't, what's it to me they are useless anyway. When dead they can't steal from you, better dead imho. Bashed, fine as well, screw them. Hope it hurts.

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    I would like to report overwhelmingly negative experiences with coppers, and thats not including the fact they have taken illegal drugs off me (its annoying but i don't put it as a bad mark against the individual copper)

    As a young person they are some of the most arrogant disrespectful people i have met in my life

    Little story for you... me and my friends 'hanging around' drinking... so the cops come and confsicate/empty the drink... my friend proceeds to ask why we can't drink they have to take the drink... the coppers response ?

    to call him an ugly female genitalia... he response you cheeky female dog... he gets given a fine for drunk and disordely! (he wasn't even drunk!)

    The thing that makes cops so bad is you just can't defend yourself against them, if anyone else did this kind of stuff to people they would get it back at them, but as cops are the law you merely have to take thier crap and any you give back will have them come down on your like a ton of bricks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mooks View Post
    So a torturer(extreme example but a easy one) should not be responsible for what he does since its only his job?
    No, because a torturer is very different from a policeman.
    there should be no torturers in a constitutional state and torturers hit people who have been restrained already, my point about clubbing them to the ground was not very serious, I might have wanted to add a smiley.
    But the problem is restraining a drunk person is not very easy as they feel less pain and cannot be reasoned with, the police should be allowed to use force to restrain them and it is not the fault of the police officers that the drunkards are drunkards who cannot behave and hurt other people. The police were called to a brawl so obviously there was already a lot of violence before the police arrived.
    Tasers are pretty controversial but when restraining them by hand does seem very dangerous to the policemen then the only other options are baton or a real gun. Surely tasers shouldn't be used lightly but they are effective versus drunkards as well, unlike batons which cause mostly pain that the drunkard cannot feel so you really have to physically hurt them a lot to bring them down...

    Or maybe the police should have watched and cheered for one group of drunkards until the brawl was over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooks View Post
    Im sure your the minority, as most people have contact with police when they are being questioned or pulled over (Dont ask me to get a statistic for that, thats a educated guess) in their car. Most of those experiances are unpleasant, which may be one of the reasons some people have no respect for cops, something which Rhyfelwyr was shocked by.
    Ah, yes, being pulled over for driving to fast, poor people who endanger themselves and others, I really can understand why they hate police. Well, i can tell you the difference, I live in Germany, here police don't put a gun in your face, tell you to get out and then strip-search you just because you were 1km/h too fast. i know that police in the US can be really bad but that doesn't make me spout blanket statements on the net or look down at police here as well.
    And being pulled over in cars is easily avoided by using trains, which I advocated here before.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooks View Post
    I dont know what was before the video. Were the cops trying to arrest them for being drunk in public or what? Some drunken people dont really appreciate trying to get put in handcuffs and turn violent. In this case the old man was just struggling, a 8th grade wrestler couldve took him down in 10 seconds; is that a good excuse to you for beating him completely senseless?
    It says they were called to a brawl, so it's not like they showed up to spoil the fun but were called by a concerned person to end the drunkard on drunkard violence. You know, I've never been involved in that, maybe because I stay away from violent drunkards and don't start hurting people when I'm drunk myself, helps a lot when it comes to not being beaten by policemen.
    the old man wasn't beaten senseless, like I said that was a bit of half-humour(he still deserves a spanking ) I inserted without an appropriate smiley, just to be mean myself once in a lifetime.


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    The father was pulling his son away from the police officer.

    The officer pulled out a semi-lethal weapon and shot the father with it. There was no cause for that, and it almost killed the man.

    The other son tackles the cop. He did not mean to paralyze him.

    So, I'm not feeling that this verdict is that terrible. The cop used to much force, deadly force, and was tackled from behind. It's refreshing to see the police don't have the protection of the law when they overstep it.

    As for cops being bastions of justice, who want to protect people from criminals...
    Maybe you people can tell, me of all the crimes reported in this thread, why not a single one was reported by the police? Why all the information had to be dragged from their files?

    As a side note, I hate tazers too. They've become a tool of torture to force compliance. We detest torture in other places, why do we allow people to be tazered if they are nonviolently resisting? How is causing pain to force the citizen to act as you wish any different from torture? They have some small use in confronting a person with a knife, but they've become widely abused as well.

    The cops have started to use them whenever people don't listen. I've read multiple cases of cops tazering people passed out from diabetes or the like.

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    So if the cops are that bad what cruel sadist called them in the first place?


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    K, this incident occured about a 2 minute drive from where I live. So I can tell you that the pub in question is actually 20m away from the largest police station in the northern suburbs. Starting a fight with some coppers outside the Old Bailey is beyond stupid.

    The article as published above is very sensationalistic. Personally I find most Perth-based journalists to be so. Yes it is disgusting that a young police officer is now visually impaired and was severely injured. However the old man had a heart attack which was induced by tasering. The participants were found not guilty as it was self-defence, this I would argue with, but you cannot say that the sons actions were not provoked. (This doesn't mean I agree with them.)

    For the record, one of friends works for the Joondalup police force. He is as far as I know a good police officer, and good fun. However he is far from morally pure, as many of my friends have recently commented. My point is that the police are not infallible, and can make the wrong desicion.

    Finally I believe it is important to note that a jury, who has been given all the facts and evidence has acquitted the defendent. This isn't an arbitrary desicion made by one person, nor is it a row over sentencing. 12 ordinary people have decided that the man is not guilty, as he was acting in 'self-defence'. This, to my mind indicates that there must be more to the story than what has been reported by sensationalist media networks.

    I'll conclude with a statement that me and my friends regularly go to another Joondalup pub, all of 100m away, and we don't see any trouble. Certainly we don't feel unsafe. Either because of this incident or the subsequent acquittal of the perpetrator (or because of the incidents that occurred at Mullaloo last Australia Day, but thats beside the point...).
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