I was actually thinking of the cops watching him at Flinders st when he was clearly breaking many laws & putting the public at all sorts of risk.
They might have approached him, especially after bystanders had. They could have tasered him at some point was my thinking.
True, but I also think - as strange as it sounds - they're a lot more reluctant to use taser's sometimes in current day due to the effects if the crook has a heart condition etc and how it could be potentially lethal.
Benny40 above summed it up pretty well for mine...it's a lose/lose situation, and people are going to scrutinise the police no matter what they do in a situation as terrible as that.
Pig's arse! Please look up how many unarmed and relatively defenceless people the Vic Police killed in the last 20 years.
Do you remember that woman police person who ran through the innocent crowd at the MCG happily spraying everyone with pepper spray? Before she ran off without having to face the consequences of her actions. (There was a Vic MP there who got sprayed but I haven't heard what happened to her after that.)
The cops are not holding back because they have the technology. They hold back because of other factors e.g. their own security.
But hey, I am sure that all the red light cameras and speed cameras were all working fine today, keeping everyone safe and making another bundle for law enforcement.