THIS letter is in regards to an article which appeared in a Sydney newspaper recently.
“A father and his four children charged over a brawl that left seven police officers injured have been granted bail.
“Five members of the family faced court charged over a fight with at least 13 police officers in the driveway of their Bankstown home.
“A sixth family member, a mother, 41, was arrested after the incident but was then taken to Bankstown hospital before being ordered to face court.
“Three police were hospitalised and four others injured in the brawl after police were called to investigate a ‘domestic dispute’, the court was told.”
“One of the children was already on bail for separate charges, including drug possession and assaulting and resisting police, and had two good behaviour bonds ‘hanging over him’ at the time of the incident.
“Three 18-year-old siblings faced Parramatta Local Court charged with affray, assaulting police, hindering police and resisting arrest.”
According to police documents, when police arrived, three of the children yelled: “F--- off you dogs. We don’t need youse. Get the f--- off our property.”
In granting bail, the magistrate said police had “an obligation” to go to the house once a domestic dispute complaint was made.
“If they don’t carry out their duties they will be criticised – if they do carry out their duties they will be criticised,” the magistrate said.
It was only a matter of weeks ago that a police inspector near Sydney was killed when he attended a house to investigate a neighbourhood dispute.
We often read where police are injured in their duties and I am totally sick of it.
This happens all the time. We need our police to be strong and not influenced by civil libertarians, and to keep doing what they are supposed to do. I want them to know that I support them in their use of Tasers when required, and, when their lives are in danger, the use of their issued firearm.
You will get no complaints from me.
Many thanks to the police for what they do in trying to make our communities safe.