Responding to the Police Statement

Well.. I got the letter from the CJS.

It contains the official Police 3 page version of events. This is the statement that they are going to Court with in 4 days time.

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The Police version of events differs considerably from my recolection.

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    • I can find little fault with. The overall timeline is accurate. However they attempt to sensationalise or overstate my admitted anger at being stonewalled by the self regulated bank.

Police Witness Statment

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The Police say witness M.M (Bank staff) used descriptive terms to describe me, like:

  • Appeared very agitated
  • Leaned toward Perspex shield and shouted, while demanding “You’ve have taken my money where is it?”

Comment

My comments were directed towards the Banking system that allows the Bank to know the exact balance of your account, but at the same time, witholds that information from the rightful owner of that account.


Police Witness Statements (Cont)

Aparently another witness I.D (Bank Staff member) was attracted to the scene by the sound of:

  • “a male raising his voice”

Another witness (N.B) was also a customer in the bank at that time.

After being passed from M.M to I.D and then back to M.M again. While I.D was making a telephone call on my behalf. Aparently I:

  • “started to raise my voice at M.M again”

I.D’s telephone call was unsuccessful and aparently I left at 3.45pm.

I returned around 4.00pm. It had occurred to me to use the “Customer Service Telephone” inside the Commonwealth Bank to try and find out for myself what had happened to my funds.

Aparently I had the ability to make M.M “shake” when I:

  • yelled at her

All 3 bank staff witnesses say that I appeared to be:

  • very angry
  • looking furious

Comments

Yes plz.. Ok they make me sound pretty bad hey? Well my only defence is that they overstate my anger, ferocity, and level of voice.

I admit that I raised my voice.

However, they did not mention swearing did they? So perhaps my anger was somewhat overstated?

Because I can assure you dear reader that when I an angry and furious. I do yell. I also swear. I reckon I could possible peel paint with the combination of anger and language coupled with volume of voice.

I knew I was being abrasive towards the staff. Unfortunately, those staff members provide the only contact Bank customers get with the Commonwealth Bank.

My attitude has always been:

  • A squeaky wheel gets the oil.

I make little appology to the staff for my comments. The only concession I give is to M.M who obviously isn’t suited any kind of conflict. To her I do appologise. I hope she never again encounters a customer who is angry and yelling about Bank policy.

I never intended to scare the staff in any way. I wanted the staff to report to their superiors that customers were very unhappy with staff over Bank policy X, Y, Z. (etc)

To my way of thinking, If I were to quietly walk away, when being told that the self regulated Bank, cannot provide me with my details when requested.

The Bank would never change their policy.

I would also be doing a dis-service to the millions of other Bank customers who would also like up to date records being made available.

Banks reduce red tape, lower fee’s, and charges etc. Why? Because of the combined preasure dissatisfied customers can bring to that Bank.

But now we hit Page 2 of the Police statement. The timeline of events no longer is totally accurate. Also, the Police use of descriptive terms to describe me, now moves into overdrive.


Police Witness Statements (Cont)

When refering to the conversation I was attempting to have with M.M, It is said:

  • He continued to scream at her

I do not believe that I screamed at anyone or at anytime while in the Bank.

I know that to do so in public, would invite interventions from at least the Police, and perhaps even the Mental Health authority.

I desire interventions from neither of them.

Therefore I would not ‘scream’ in public.

I ‘raised my voice’ yes. Borderline yell perhaps? Yes perhaps… I do admit I was angry. But ‘scream’? Nahh.

I had given M.M my Bank Instant Teller Card. She was accessing my Bank account with it.

(Sarcastic: Possibly, I was able to ‘scream’ my requests to her?)

M.M had my card and told me she would make a phone call for me. The ‘call’ was taking too long. So I went over and started to use the Bank Customer Service Telephone. To see if I could get the information faster. lol

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I spoke to a nice fellow who got straight onto the problem for me. I was telling him that the staff at the Commonwealth Bank in Millicent less than satisfactory. He put me on hold while he searched for the information I requested.

While this was going on witness HR (staff member) called the Police.

The Police responded while I was still on the phone. I saw them enter the Bank. A staff member came onto the floor of the bank and began speaking with the two police officers.

Aparently at this time I was:

  • screaming to a customer service representative

HR states that she was asked by Police to request me to leave the bank, but she was too scared to go and speak with me.

When Police spoke with me they claim that I was:

  • abusive, shouting “I’m on the phone”, “Leave me alone you pigs”

All three Bank staff members recall me:

  • raising his arm to Police (who guided his arm down again)

(Comment: Raised my arm? and he guided it back down? They were trying to ‘GRAB MY ARM’ I was trying to stop them from doing so. Because isn’t that assult for anyone to touch you if your not under arrest??)

they observed as I:

  • refused to let go of the phone
  • refused to leave the building
  • had the phone forcibly removed from my hand
  • was walked out of the bank by the Police “who held an arm each”
  • continued to shout and scream on the way out, “Pigs”

Comment

Um.. Im in MY bank, being removed by police who havent arrested me. while I am finally finding out the information I have been after, the police force me to leave the bank. before this action. No staff member of the bank asked me to leave. I honestly believe they are making some mistake.)

Police Witness Statements (Cont)

The staff closed the door of the bank.

The police state that two of the three staff (I.D, M.M) felt scared and intimidated by my behaviour.

(Comment: But not H.R? No mention of witness N.B feeling scared and intimidated either?)

N.B Witness States:

Bank customer N.B (Witness) states she was on George street when she saw Police:

  • escort me from bank
  • push me with open hands

N.B recalls I began to abuse the Police of Assult.

N.B states she heard me hurling abuse at the police as I walked towards the Police Station to report them for assault

That concludes the Witness evidence that the Police claim is accurate.

Comments

My guess is that N.B then missed what was to follow. I’d say she only saw the first push.)

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Above: Where I was initially handcuffed after being assaulted.

Police Statement

The police say that when they got to the bank, I was:

  • the only customer
  • using customer telephone
  • shouting to the person on the other end

Police say they approached all three bank staff. Observed H.R to be shaking.

Police say they “approached me while I was on the Phone” and that I:

  • became abusive
  • raised my hand to the face of officer PATTERSON who guided it back down again
  • refused to listen to police

Comments

I rasied my hand to avoid being assulted by a member of the police force who, as it turns out, was determined to manhandle me.)

So in their own words “he was forcibly removed from the bank”:

  • shouting
  • screaming

Outside the Bank

At the front of the bank on George street the police say that I:

  • continued to shout abuse

Aparently then the Police say that I:

  • walked towards LEYDEN

LEYDEN responded by “pushing me with two open hands” shouting “go away”.

The police claim I then “walked towards PATTERSON” who “pushed me back”

Police claim I then stumbled and fell onto my bottom on the pavement.

(Comment: Correct. Both Police officers ‘jostled me’ forcing me to head in the direction of the Police Station - By this time I am in front of the ANZ bank))

Police claim I then got up and walked towards the Police station:

  • shouting at police as I went

(Comment: This is where the truth isn’t being told by Police)

Police Version of Arrest

The police claim that at 4.15pm I was “standing at the front door of Millicent police station”

Police claim LEYDON grabbed hold of my arm to arrest me.

Police claim I began to shout “are you assaulting me? You are aren’t you? little copper prick!”

Police claim “tensed his arms and held onto the handrail to prevent the arrest”

Police then handcuffed me “to the rear (double locked)”

Police claim they then “verbally advised of the reason for his arrest”

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Above: Entrance to Millicent Police Station.

My Version of Arrest

I find that hard to believe. But the police continue to jostle me away from the Commonwealth Bank.

I am abusive of the treatment I am receiving from the police.

One of the policemen gives me a particularly hard push and I end up on my back lying on the ground.

It’s at that point that I started yelling and swearing at the police. Calling them F* Pigs and standing up.

Thats when I am pushed to the ground again. (Face first this time) and handcuffs are placed on my wrists so that I am in extreme agony.

The police officers get me up and while controlling me via the handcuffs (digging in) proceed to direct me towards the police station.

I ask them if I am under arrest.

They tell me that I am.

I said “You are assulting me. Aren’t you? you little copper prick” as I was being forcably pushed into the Police Station door.

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Inside the Police Station (Police Version)

Police claim “Taken on foot to the cells at Millicent Police Station and presented to Sergeant PHILPS at the custody suit.

Police claim at 4.20pm LEYDON read me my arrest rights during which they claim I continued to shout and scream.

At 4.25pm Police claim I was charged with:

  • Disorderly behaviour
  • Resist Police

Charge Book 6055889 refers

Police claim at 6.20pm I was granted conditional Police bail

Police claim that I was not interviewed in relation to this matter due to my constant abusive and uncooperative manner.

Inside the Police Station (My Version)

I have no idea of the charge at this point. Nor do they inform me of my rights. They push me into the Police Station at Millicent. They take my possesions and shoes from me. I have a very brief interview with the desk sargent. I inform his that his officers are breaking the law. That If I was so abusive in the Commonwealth Bank how come the Customer Support Unit on their internal phone were ok to talk to me? He has no sympathy for me. I also inform the desk sargent that I must return home as my children will be alone and worried at my delay. No one hears my plea. I am then placed into one of the Millicent cells.

Still with the extremely tight handcuffs on.

I get really angry. In my opinion the police have created this problem for me.

They leave me in the cells for some time.

During that period. I initially am very angry. Kicking the metal cell door with my socks while singing a ditty that casts aspersions on the relative merits of being a member of the police force.

I sing about two choruses and realize that I am having an anxiety attack.

So I try to calm. It occurs to me that Im in a bad situation here. No one knows where I am. The police officers have acted totally unreasonably. It just makes my anxiety attack worse.

Thankfully the handcuffs are still causing me so much pain that the anxiety attack takes second place as I get angry again that the police are subjecting me to what amounts to torture.

So I try to press the intercom button to get someone to release the handcuffs.

An extremely painful proceedure with your arms handcuffed behind your back.

I have two or three attempts to get someone to respond over the intercom. I plead to an unresponsive machine for the handcuffs to be loosened. But I am unsuccessful.

After some time. The desk sargent with the two offending police officers opens the cell door and asks me if I am ready to calm down yet.

Again I attempt to receive some justice at the hands of these police. Denying that I had been “out of control” in the bank and therefore this was an unjustified arrest.

They closed the cell door and left me there. Still with the despised handcuffs on.

After I had been in the cell for aproximately 80 minutes. The sargent and his two cronies appear. I am taken to a police utility that has no restraints, heating or accident padding and pushed into the back. Still in handcuffs.

I am told they are transporting me to Mt Gambier.

To be honest. I am starting to fear for my ultimate safety in the hands of these two police officers. I am wondering if I will make it to Mt Gambier.

In the back of the Ute getting bumped around the handcuffs started to really dig in.

I screamed to the two policeman to release the handcuffs. I told them to leave them on. Just loosen them.

The two police officers completely ignored my pleas.

This happened twice during the trip to Mt Gambier.

Finally I arrive at Mt Gambier police station.

I beg the desk sargent at Mt Gambier to loosen the handcuffs. She refuses and tells me I have to calm down before the handcuffs will be released.

I was told that If I didnt fully calm down and totally comply with their requents they wouldn’t give me a lift back to Millicent.

So I stand there in pain waiting. After awhile the police decide that they will fingerprint me and do a DNA test on me. In my opinion my fingerprints and DNA samples were obtained illegally.

However to obtain fingerprints the despicable handcuffs are finally removed.

After that they decide to “process me” I am told that I have been arrested for disorderly behavious and resist police.

I am told that the staff at the commonwealth bank called the police because they were “too scared to approach me and ask me to leave the bank” (It was after 4pm at this point)

I am told I am to be placed on bail. I am told I will have to appear in Court.

Three Officers now decide to hold me violently against the desk sargents desk. The police officer that initially threw me down and arrested me is being particularly cruel. Pushing very hard against my right kidney.

My hands and wrists are bleeding where the handcuffs have been digging in. My right wrist is particularly bruised. (Aproximately a 4 inch bruise)

The back of my shoulders are bruised and sore from the initial push to the ground. My left shoulder at the front is swolen and scraped, my chin is cut graised and bleeding, my left hip has bruises, My arms have bruises, my kidneys are sore.

I turn to face him at three times while they held me against the desk. (Im getting even angryier after looking at my wrists) He told me to turn back to face the desk sargent. He proceeded to shove against my kidney because I didnt want to comply with his request that I only look at the desk sargent. I told him I wanted to remember his face. He took that to mean that I was threatening him. I corrected his mistake by informing him that I was a promice not a threat that he would be reported for his actions.

Finally after reading out the bail conditions the desk sargent at Mt Gambier wants me to sign the forms. But I do not have my glasses on anymore? Seems I have misplaced them. (Later found in my car) So I am unable to read what I am signing.

Whatever I signed. I did not get a copy of it.

I had to give them my signature on three documents.

I am given my possessions back. So I am able to wear shoes again.

They place me back into the Ute with no seatbelts, heating or accident padding and transport me back to Millicent.

On arrival in Millicent. They let me out of the back of the Ute. Blah Blahed me about the bail conditions. Making sure that I understood the bail conditions. They finished being “good cops” I walked off in complete disgust. They drove off immediately.

The “First” Officer is 72696 The “Second” Officer is 39592


Conclusion

Well… It was close to the truth.. Of course the Police left out most of the stuff that they did wrong. Like how they assulted me and put handcuffs on me in front of the anz bank.

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That resulted in the damage (above Image) that they did to me. Their version of events wouldn’t have left marks like this on me. Therefore the police LIED in their statement. All previous arrests from these ‘Officers’ in my opinion should be considered in a new light. The trip to Mt Gambier with me in Socks and Handcuffs all the way was particularly cruel. How they obtained fingerprints and dna samples in Mt Gambier. How my bail conditions were agreed to and set in Mt Gambier. There is evidence to ‘prove’ my statments.

Unfortunately (for them) these ‘cops’ have left a paper trail.

There is video evidence at the Bank.

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There would have been video evidence of my arrival, handcuff removal, fingerprinting and dna capture, being held against the desk by three police at the Mt Gambier police station.

I will be applying for that footage through feedom of information.

The Mt Gambier desk sargeant also signed my bail form. The paper trail is easily proven. So the ‘bad cops’ are gonna get busted for how they teated me.

I will defend myself and plead guilty on 22nd to both criminal charges. But I will contact a Solicitor about a civil case against these two ‘bad cops’, It should be obvious to almost everyone that these guys ‘need to go’.

The duty sargeant at Millicent is a total arrogant ‘head in the sand’ police officer. He did nothing to help the situation for me. Even though he knew that I had been making accusations of police corruption.

If he really did have the public interest at heart he should have at least interviewed me about my accusations. But he reacted, unfortunately, by following suit and ignoring my pleas.

In fact everyone I have spoken too since this sorry fiasco started has been less than helpful. With the exclusion of the Legal Services Commission. They have been at least been fair.

I have applied to the Commonwealth bank for a copy of the video evidence from the bank. That should backup my claim of being less angry than the staff have indicated. That should also show that the police rather than ask me to leave and finding out what my issue was. Just forced me physically out through strongarm tactics.

I think the police should drop the criminal case. Otherwise they will be doubly embarased when I tell my story again in civil court.

The Commonwealth Bank isn’t looking too good in this either. Surely a customer should be advised if the staff would like them to leave? To just call the police without warning? When they knew darn well that I was massivly unhappy with the bank in the first place???

Sounds to me like the Commonwealth Bank need to go onto my ‘Bad Corporation Register’…














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