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24 March 2014


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I live in Melbourne and I am a PNGian. Watching the said video on ABC news this afternoon, I felt terribly ashamed of our police force.

I am also from Minj and after reading about police brutality in the Kor Nigle area of neighbouring Kerowagi, I am also feeling ashamed.

My friends here in Melbourne are asking me about the police and their power in PNG. What do you want me to tell them? Please, enough is enough.

Thanks Robin

Very pathetic these policemen. They break all the rules in the book of law. They are criminals of the worst kind, and that's what a lot of them are good at, because when they are kicked out of the police force, they are good for nothing and worthless in the community.

There are too many problems in the police force, policemen and women, families etc. These criminals turn their frustrations on to the public. It's very much like a domino effect.

Where do we go from here! This is a reflection of the country. I am ashamed as a PNG citizen.

John, you are to be commended for your courage in writing about your traumatic experience.

And even more so for raising the issue of ethics as you have in another article.
I trust your proactive approach is seen by others as an example of how best solutions to the corrupting influences of social evils may best be addressed.

Just try if you can to be at the end of a police beating, and you will simply want to write them off. I am also a victim.

Me and a cousin were beaten to almost pulp by eight polcieman in my own house, and in front of my children.

We followed the lawful procedures of writing to their complaint unit and their station commander.

Once these police became aware of the complaint, they mobilised their police friends and came to my house again in two truckloads, this time - as they revealed later - to kill me for causing them anxiety.

They came in the night, under the cover of darkness.

I have lived in fear of the police, any police since!

But as a country we have not first of all addressed serious issues facing the police force.

From their welfare like housing and training, to providing career pathways to, making errant officers face the very law they are supposed to do.

The Jiwaka Police have done this horrible inhuman crime and now we have the Jiwaka Provincial Police Commander, Mr Tondop, demanding that the Simbu Provincial Government to meet the full body works of the police vehicles damaged!

Tondop, grow up na skulim ol polisman bilong yu tu.

I watched "Mr Pip" last night too Robin. Snap! A confused and patchy film but fine performances by the girl playing Matilda.

The actor who played the PNGDF officer was also extremely good. He and his men were committing atrocities but you could see in his face the frustration that had brought him to that point. Leonard Fong Roka displays this well in his new book 'Brokenville'.

That sort of frustration must be rife in the RPNGPC and the idea of just writing them off as thugs is a bit disingenuous. I would sheet the blame for the incident in Jiwaka firmly with the government.

If they took time to resource and adequately train the police these sorts of incidents would not occur so often.

The police that we worked with as kiaps were not saints either and managed to commit crimes behind our backs but when they were caught they were dealt with severely.

It's interesting to contrast the story that follows on today's blog about Opisa Pokep. He and Inspector Metau would be appalled by what it has all come to.

Coincidentally 8 March was International Women Day. Correct?

Viewing "Mr Pip" last night reinforced the stereotype described in this article.

Tribalistic bully boys acting with impunity, uniformed and empowered to wreak the will of the state.

Of course, prior to the violence, per se, are unseen episodes of provocation without which the casual observer is unable to form rationed conclusions.

The police are obviously not well led or disciplined to be able to cope with random outbursts of irrational violence by aggrieved citizens.

Perhaps, though, these events are but symptoms of a much deeper malaise often lamented on the pages of this blog.

Terrible! The PNG Police Force is evidently in need of reform. Maybe they feel overwhelmed and have to resort to these scare tactics. They certainly have forgotten that they are not the ones to hand out the punishment and that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

I hope the Prime Minister will take action to stop police brutality. In the Sepik leading police officers were recently accused of rape and put in prison. Hopefully they will be given a fair trial.

There is a video circulating on email entitled 'Buai Ban' which shows a PNG police patrol letting their dogs on a wailing man sitting on the ground.

The subject is no threat and under their power, but these PNG police just live their dogs bite him up. Very bad.

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