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Police officer 'filmed petrol attack on woman'

9:14 pm - 12/03/2010
A police officer is facing disciplinary action for allegedly failing to intervene in a horrific attack in which a woman was stabbed and set alight at a petrol station in Melbourne's outer east earlier this year.

The officer, who was off-duty at the time, is believed to have filmed the attack at a Bayswater service station on a mobile phone to use it as evidence against the woman's attacker instead of stepping in.

The officer was not armed at the time of the attack.

The 42-year-old victim suffered horrific burns and died at The Alfred hospital on June 2, several hours after the attack.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman today said the officer would face a hearing next year for allegedly failing to provide assistance.

"Victoria Police can confirm a police member is facing disciplinary action relating to the off-duty inaction to provide assistance at an incident in Bayswater earlier this year," the spokeswoman said.

She said she could not disclose whether the officer was male or female, the officer's rank or any further details about the incident, which was under investigation.

The officer has not been suspended.

A 40-year-old man from Bayswater North has been charged with one count of murder over the woman's death.

paulnolan 3rd-Dec-2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
arisma 3rd-Dec-2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK IS WITH PEOPLE FILMING HORRIBLE THINGS INSTEAD OF STOPPING THEM?! Yeah ok guy was unarmed but you're telling me there wasn't a bat/tire iron/BIG FUCKING STICK he could have used to stop the guy from SETTING SOMEONE ON FIRE?

Oh fuck today.
ms_maree 3rd-Dec-2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Some people helped. Weather the police officer did after the fact, I don't know, from an earlier article.

(umm, once again disturbing story)

Horrified onlookers earlier spoke about how they tried in vain to help the woman, but were prevented from doing so by a man wielding a knife.

popehippo 3rd-Dec-2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
What in the SHIT?



porticia 3rd-Dec-2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
i love this gif so much
jiaren_shadow 3rd-Dec-2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Dear Cops,

Please stop bullshit like this. Do your job and help people.

danyjoncew 3rd-Dec-2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Son of a bitch! Filho duma puta!
kakorrhaphio 3rd-Dec-2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
what the fucking hell
saramiskismet 3rd-Dec-2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Video evidence? At a petrol station?

perthro 3rd-Dec-2010 04:03 pm (UTC)


I just... I can't even...

I need to be in a classroom to have enough tables for this =headdesk=.
A Hindu god for enough hands for this =facepalm=.
The TSA for a failure of this magnitude.

And this guy still has a fucking job? Fuck the knife. If there's more than one person to distract him up front, I'd have hit the bastard with my car. No knife is gonna stop that shit.
simply_blah 3rd-Dec-2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
He should be tried as an accessory to her murder.
celtic_thistle 3rd-Dec-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Holy shit that is TERRIFYING. D:
miss_nyxie 3rd-Dec-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
It speaks volumes about society when a horrific attack occurs and someone's first thought is "omg I could totally put this on Youtube!".
lavenderfrost 3rd-Dec-2010 05:11 pm (UTC)



FFS - every time I start to get a little faith in humanity back, shit like this happens.
lickety_split 3rd-Dec-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, let's momentarily ignore the fact that he filmed the attack for a second. I thought that nurses, doctors, cops, fire fighters, etc. weren't obligated to step in and "do what they were trained to" if they weren't on the clock.

And I know everyone gets all shocked and horrified whenever we read articles like this, but the Bystander Effect is very real and it predicts that most of YOU wouldn't have done jack shit either (and on top of that, self-preservation is a strong impulse indeed). I'll admit that if I saw some crazy person with a weapon and fire, attacking someone else the LAST thing I would probably do is get involved. I'd call 911 and walk away.

I saw some lady and her puppy getting attacked by a pit bull and I intervened. BUT I was the only person around and she was all by herself and I was her only hope.

Edited at 2010-12-03 05:16 pm (UTC)
lickety_split 3rd-Dec-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
And where is everyone getting the information that he filmed it for YouTube. It says he filmed it for evidence and there's not a single line in the article that implies that the video was ever on the Internet.

I understand not intervening if he was unarmed (I won't lie, I wouldn't have either), but he couldn't have called 911 or one of his on-duty coworkers or something???
anolinde 3rd-Dec-2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
BUT I was the only person around and she was all by herself and I was her only hope.

I heard that the more people are around, the less likely someone is to step up and do something because everyone thinks, "Oh, someone else will do it..." =/
pennieblack 3rd-Dec-2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
I agree. It's a tragic situation, but I'm not willing to condemn the cop as a terrible, worthless person for not stepping in.

I'd be happier if we had some knowledge that the cop tried to reason with the guy. That's about it.
imnotbob 3rd-Dec-2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
What the article doesn’t mention: Was the officer armed? When did the officer arrive and start filming? Was this a Young Healthy Able To Take Down Armed Opponents With Bare Hands Officer or a Weak Sits Behind A Desk Officer? Did the officer call for help first?

Ahh, who needs to know any of that?
limberwolf 3rd-Dec-2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
"The officer was not armed at the time of the attack."

First line of the article.
doverz 3rd-Dec-2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Reminds me a story told in my Family Violence lecture. In the 70s or something in Connecticut, a police officer watched as a husband brutally beat his wife by jumping on her head and everything. He did nothing because the guy was a hunting buddy of his. The woman sued, got a lot of money, and then mandatory arrest laws were created.
dasvedanyaanya 3rd-Dec-2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Why is everyone assuming the officer is a "he" already? They haven't released the sex of the officer. It seems pretty probable that they could've been a female unarmed officer and felt unsafe confronting an attacker who was male and (possibly) larger and stronger than her. But 911 would've been better than recording it with your damn phone, or fuck hit him with a car, that would've stopped him. But the bystander effect is a very real thing, and people never seem to think rationally in these cases.
ms_maree 3rd-Dec-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you brought up that we don't know the gender. But I think that there is something suspicious about he/she's actions because the Victorian Police are putting the officer through disciplinary proceedings.

In Australia the Victorian Police have a bad reputation, they shoot first, ask questions later - and they also look after their own. The fact that they are going after this police officer is really damning, considering the media didn't even know a police officer was involved in the original case until now, when the Police were doing something.

And...it would be very dumb to phone 911. The number to ring is 000.

Edited at 2010-12-03 09:55 pm (UTC)
angelofdeath275 4th-Dec-2010 12:20 am (UTC)
.....I thought we weren't gonna have these kinds of posts anymore
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