CLOSING RANKS - SYDNEY POLICE SHOOTING COVER-UP

CLOSING RANKS - SYDNEY POLICE SHOOTING COVER-UP

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Published on 5 Mar 2012
Police forces across the country claim they've been hard at work training their officers to deal with people who are mentally ill, armed and posing a threat to themselves and the public. But have lessons really been learnt, and is it possible to change a police culture that doesn't admit responsibility when things go wrong?
Adam Salter was a young man with much to live for, with a good job and a loving family. But Adam also had a mental illness. Late in 2009, in the middle of a psychotic episode, Adam tried to kill himself. Showing little regard for his own safety, his father Adrian managed to disarm him, dial emergency assistance and get help. Then the police arrived.
In the moments that followed, police claimed Adam Salter rose from the floor, shrugged off one of the officers present and grabbed a knife they had failed to remove from the scene. Then, according to police, another officer at the house heard the disturbance and rushed through the kitchen door shouting "taser, taser, taser" before shooting Adam Salter dead. In her evidence, Sgt Bissett claimed she believed the seriously wounded man was threatening her fellow police officer. But others on the scene tell a very different story, saying Adam posed no immediate threat. Who's right?
Now reporter Quentin McDermott puts together a forensic account of the events leading to the young man's death and the shooting itself. Using the testimony of family, ambulance officers and interviews with the police themselves, the program examines the mistakes made by the officers and the inconsistencies in their explanations for shooting Adam Salter.
SYDNEY (Australia) - The story of Adam Salter raises many questions, including the issue of how lethal force is used by police. But perhaps the most profound question it raises is: can the police be trusted to investigate themselves?
"Closing Ranks", reported by Quentin McDermott and presented by Kerry O'Brien - 5 March 2012 on ABC1.

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Published on 6 Mar 2012
There is strong evidence that a policewoman who shot a mentally disturbed man in the back in 2009 accidentally used her gun instead of her Taser, a coroner found.
Adam Salter was shot and killed in the kitchen of his Lakemba home in November 2009 after police responded to a call that the 36-year-old was stabbing himself with a knife.
The shooter, Sergeant Sheree Bissett, and NSW Police claimed that Mr Salter was threatening another officer with a knife and that lethal force was her only option.
But the inquest into Mr Salter's death learnt that Sergeant Bissett shouted "Taser, Taser, Taser" before firing her gun, and Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell has found that it was more than likely Sergeant Bissett had made a terrible mistake.
Describing the police response as "an utter failure", Mr Mitchell said: "There is a very strong flavour of confusion and mistake and, given her cry of 'Taser, Taser Taser', I think it is more likely than not that Sergeant Bissett mistakenly chose her Glock, having intended to employ her Taser.
"Police killed the person they were supposed to be helping.
"They forgot to remove or to secure the knife from the sink.
"They removed from the kitchen the very person, his father, most likely to be able to contain him.
"They left Adam Salter in the care of a young and inexperienced and ... ineffective and unresponsive officer."
Mr Mitchell told the Coroners Court in Glebe it was more than likely that, far from representing a threat to police, Mr Salter posed a threat only to himself.
Despite this, "without any proper warning or challenge, Sergeant Bissett fired the fatal shot".
Mr Mitchell also slammed the internal police investigation that followed the shooting.
He said the critical incident investigation report, written by Detective Inspector Russell Oxford of the NSW Homicide Squad, was "seriously flawed".
He said the investigation report "provided the commissioner with a very unreliable view of the circumstance of Adam Salter's death and will have failed to persuade the community that the circumstances surrounding Adam Salter's death were investigated scrupulously and fairly".
Mr Mitchell did not make any recommendations and said he would not refer the matter to the Police Integrity Commission (PIC).
However, he left this option open for the family.
Outside the court Mr Salter's father, Adrian Salter, said the family were still considering whether or not they would pursue the matter with the PIC.
"What's important to us is that Adam's life was taken unexpectedly, tragically and unnecessarily," he told reporters.
"I think that what happened was a tragic mistake and wouldn't have happened had the police not been carrying guns"
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