The police chief of Victoria defended the actions of a PSO who was caught on camera slapping a young boy in the face.
The officer was one of two who were captured on video at a train station in Noble Park on Australia Day.
The boy, who is 11 years old, was identified as a suspect in a crime. Due to his age, the police could not reveal the nature of the offense he was allegedly involved in.
The boy, who was handcuffed, was struggling with the PSOs when he spit in their direction.
As the officer attempted to take him away, she slapped him in the face. When asked about the incident, the police chief said the officer was justified in her actions.
The police chief said the boy was spitting in the officers’ faces, which is a criminal offense.
He noted that the officer did the right thing by taking the boy away from them.
However, his conduct lawyer said it was difficult to understand how the police officer could have been justified in using force against the 11-year-old boy.
According to King, the slapping of the boy in the face was “disproportionate” and “unjustified.”
He noted that the child was already handcuffed when the incident occurred. As a community, he said that such actions should not be accepted.
Since the boy is 11 years old, it’s not clear if he will face charges for spitting at the police officer.
Instead, the police should use other methods to de-escalate the confrontation.