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Who pays for police violence?

I wonder if there is any meaning at all to the setting up of the Police Royal Commission and its consequent report to the rank-and-file of the police force? Do we know if the rank-and-file know the existence of the commission and its report and the public discussion which ensued after that?

The incident of the police abuse of a 14-year-old child held in police custody for five days tells us that perhaps some police either do not know the public outcry against police violence, or that they really do not give a fig about all the deliberations.

I think the head honcho of the Shah Alam Section 11 police station must at once be called for investigation by Bukit Aman. The officers who were responsible for the violence perpetrated on the child should be suspended until disciplinary proceedings are mustered.

This is the very least Bukit Aman should do if it requires public trust and respect of the police force. It is unfortunate if matters are only handled after the outcome of civil litigation by parties involved.

I believe it would be constructive existing procedures for juveniles are reviewed in order to ensure that the interest of the child is protected at the time of arrest. No child should be remanded by any magistrate, before ensuring that the child's interest be first safeguarded. The child may be a suspect, but that does not entitle the police to engage in acts of brutality and violence.

Whatever damages that may be awarded in a civil suit action against the police will come out of our taxes. Every person has a right to be free from police violence. In the end, we all pay for police violence. As taxpayers we do not want to keep on paying and paying.

What are we waiting for? Why are the commission's recommendations stuck in some administrative crevice in Putrajaya?