Warning video shows police abusing and torturing a 51 year old woman. Parts of her naked body have been pixelated out.
Under investigation are:
Senior constable Steven Repac
Steven Repac, Senior constable Steven Repac, Victoria police 24/5/2016 Ballarat IBAC
Leading senior constable Nicole Munro
Nicole Munro, Leading senior constable Nicole Munro, Victoria Police 24/5/2016 Ballarat IBAC
Person A (who has not been named) was subjected to the following:
Peppersprayed at close range
Stripped from the waist down in the presence of male officers.
Was refused water and resorted to drinking from the toilet.
Was refused blanket.
Was refused clothing.
Kicked and stomped and stood on.
Imprisoned for 16 hours.
The plot really thickened once it was revealed that the woman being tortured was herself a police officer. The tortured police officer (known as person A) was off duty on sick leave and a Detective in the professional standards department, the police internal investigation unit. Also reveal was the fact that Ballarat police station has 3 times more complaints than a comparable police station in Victoria. Making matters worse is the fact typical complaints against Ballarat police officer are against more senior ranked Police there, which implies corruption is ingrained and possibly ordered from the top.
Victoria police fought very hard for this inquiry to be keep out of the public eye, after seeing the footage you can see why.
Ballarat Police have probably tortured other detained people in similar ways many times over the years.
Ballarat Police are here shown to be brutal, cruel, malicious and vindictive to one of those who police them.
The pathetic excuse the police are coming up with are priceless, “I didn’t kick her that hard” . I would love to use those excuses in court against a police officer.
IBAC the toothless tiger?
IBAC, Victoria’s new corruption watchdog is attempting to investigate this incident in the full knowledge that Victoria police treat investigators of police in an inhuman manner. IBAC really need to gain significant jail terms for the guilty parties in this matter.
Previous IBAC inquiries into police corruption (such as operation Styx, David Branov et al) have resulted in quite short prison sentences (5 years non parole of 2.5 years). IBAC currently have other another investigation into Branov’s former colleagues at Fitzroy police station.
If IBAC fails to gain significant prison terms for the brutal torture and degrading treatment of a woman in custody, coupled with a coverup, it may be time to abandon IBAC and send each Victorian household a revolver and let them defend themselves from a brutal and thoroughly corrupt police force.
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