Yeah, I know. Thing is though, . they had been chasing this guy for most of the day, .. he was a "Wanted" felon, . or at least suspect in a stabbing etc.
The air wing had been tracking him for quite some time, and tracked him from Yarraville, Cops gave chase & aborted earlier in the day .. so my question would be, "Did the cops standing watching at Flinders St know who he was? Had they received the call on the radio that the Police force was trying to apprehend him?? If so, should they not have tried to arrest him, perhaps (dependent on reports of how dangerous he was) at gunpoint? Even shot him?
As someone said, the Vic Police had quite the record when it came to shooting people that were off their rocker, & posed perhaps much less of a threat?
Perhaps through some bad decisions from young, and or too trigger happy individuals, & the resultant bad press, they've gone too far in the other direction?
I'm not saying one way or the other, just throwing it up for debate, not stating an opinion btw.
You have an opinion, you keep asking the same question to reinforce it.
I think they're valid questions.
I hope the police force are asking similar questions right now.
No-one's criticising the men on the ground (I hope).
The guy was armed, yes?
Doing donuts in the city's central intersection.
I wonder about whether Melbourne even has a tactical force group, and combined with the Lindt siege, whether the call will ever be made to hand over to them.
We're constantly told that we're prepared.
They weren't ready for a guy with a known and current history who gave plenty of warning.
And what warning did they have that he was going to drive the car on the footpath and mow people down?
Maybe I have some of the basic facts wrong, but...
He stabbed someone that day
He'd taken a hostage.
He was behaving in a manner that no-one does in The most central part of Melbourne.
He was(?) armed.
I'm assuming that was a legitimate question.
There have been many cases over the past year of all those things happening and not once did the person end up running people down with their car.
The reality is that it is not as easy as people like to think it is to stop these people. When we watch those car chases in the US we think at how quickly they end, the truth is though, the often they take place over a few hours not minutes, with the cars often going through multiple built up areas before they are finally stopped. Unlike the movies, it is simply not so easy.
Also we can ask questions but how about waiting for the police to offer timelines and facts of what they attempted to do before assuming they didn't do enough?
Often in these scenarios people are very, very quick to start asking questions about the police, yet when they do a lot of the good things, people rarely offer up much praise. It is a tough job with enormous amounts of pressure and often having to make life or death decisions, both for the public and for themselves. It is easy to criticise them but the job is not even remotely easy and it is why many of them suffer from stress related issues.
Let's wait a reasonable amount of time and allow the usual process of investigating the circumstances of what went down before we start questioning everything they did.