Imagine you pick up the phone and call the Police, you want them to come to your house to help you protect your son from himself. They arrive and moments later they shoot him dead, while you're there, without provocation. Then they launch an investigation into themselves where one lie covers another, they even recommend they should receive 'special recognition' for performing their duties in an outstanding manner. The media spin machine goes into full flight with only the Police Force's 'official' press releases to go by, and of course the public believe everything they read. The Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell however believes otherwise... http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...ake-coroner-says/story-e6freuzi-1226167156718 An extract of the story plus citations at the jump is here... http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/03/01/3443486.htm "Closing Ranks", reported by Quentin McDermott and presented by Kerry O'Brien, goes to air on Monday 5th March at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is replayed on Tuesday 6th March at 11.35pm. You also watch it on ABC News 24 on Saturdays at 8.00pm, on iview or at abc.net.au/4corners. National Police Accountability Network http://www.communitylaw.org.au/flemingtonkensington/cb_pages/aboutNPAN.php Tamar Hopkins from the National Police Accountability Network believes the Police should not be in a position to investigate themselves, as the system is open to manipulation such as the story above. She goes on to say we should adopt a system such as the ones used in other countries where the Police are investigated independently. They are just as thorough and adequate if not more so, they are however unbiased. This raises a pertinent question for us, should the Crash Investigation Unit be responsible for investigating accidents and fatalities involving members of the Police Force? It may well pay to also ask, should Police pursuits involving fatalities be investigated by an independent body? We know the police are biased towards their own members, and we know they are very capable of lying and manipulating the judicial system to protect their own. Do we place more trust in them than they deserve?