UPDATE: OCTOBER 9, 2012:
When I first heard the story, I didn’t think to report on it. I assumed my view only resemble the unanimity surrounding this tragic even : That an unarmed person should not be tasered when he is begging for help.
The information related to the case makes this whole thing even more horrible.
- The male, Roberto Laudisio Cruit had arrived in Australia within the past few months after losing both his parents to cancer.
- His visa had only just expired but according to officials “The young man was living with his sister and her husband in Sydney. She is extremely upset at what has happened,”
- Despite allegedly being tasered for the robbery of a packet of biscuits, it would be illogical to taser him (or anyone believed to have performed such petty theft for that matter)
- Financially, his family are stable, some sources claiming he had “enough money for biscuits due to the inheritance handed down by his Mother and Father”
Roberto’s death has become an international incident for NSW Police and so it should. I think someone should be held accountable for this immoral and down right travesty. 3 officers, 3 tasers and yet the claim is “officers were doing their job” – at this rate you might as well have blown his fucking head off. You would achieve the same result. For lack of a better word, this victim was subject to overkill.
I look at the newspaper headline and I read “Probe into whether Taser led to death” and I snap back into the reality that the Australian police force is corrupted by cover-ups, media-prevention and ‘investigations’ that end up nowhere.
Tasers are supposed to be the last resort before using a more-dangerous weapon. An untrained and trigger happy officer playing with their new gadget?
With statements claiming that his family are “extremely wealthy and well connected” – the idea that he was a biscuit thief is either a far-fetched lie or the legitimate idea that he was a kleptomaniac. Still all of this is irrelevant, we have a body to bury.
There is the possibility that he was intoxicated – now not to be politically incorrect, but how would they have known he was intoxicated if he was ‘”running away”, what if he happened to be a civilian with special needs?
I shouldn’t even be surprised by the arrogance of the Australians commenting on the incident on various News LTD. sites. One example is a reader responding with “The police action may well be justified. No visa? Caught stealing biscuits? Brazilian? Duh…” and another with “This is how we will treat the Brazillian[sic] scum at the olympics, good on the cops for getting a head start!!!”