Commission questions outcome of WA Police Force investigation into use of force against a minor

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20 April 2020

The report details the Commission's oversight and review of a WA Police Force investigation into two serious matters – whether a 13-year-old child in custody was assaulted by a police officer, and whether that officer and others involved in the incident, attempted to pervert the course of justice.

The Commission's review considered a number of aspects of the incident, from the initial police officers' response to concerns about the child's behaviour, through to the WA Police Force investigation into the conduct of the officers involved. The Commission also considered concerns raised by the Magistrate.

The WA Police Force and the Commission respectfully disagree as to whether their investigation failed by applying contradictory reasoning in the criminal and disciplinary investigations.

The Commission's review concluded that the investigatory actions undertaken by the WA Police Force in investigating the conduct of the officers involved were appropriate, and noted the officers were sanctioned through an internal WA Police Force disciplinary process. 

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Review of a WA Police Force investigation into use of force in respect of a child  

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Media release - Commission questions outcome of police investigation into use of force against a minor

Watch vision of the incident

The anonymised incident vision at the Department of Child Protection and Family Support office can be viewed here