POLICE Constable Matt Butcher is not eligible for a single cent of criminal injuries compensation - despite being partially paralysed by a sickening headbutt.I say, you have got to be kidding. How, exactly, are the police acting? Is it all right for a group of louts to attack police and the police must do nothing to defend themselves?
A WA Police spokesman said legal advice received by Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan had confirmed the 32-year-old constable was ineligible.
To add more insult to Constable Butcher's injuries, assailant Barry McLeod, brother Scott and father Robert were seriously contemplating suing the police over the fracas in February last year.
The McLeods' lawyer, Michael Tudori, controversially said any action against the police was "in the public interest".
"You can't have police acting the way they did," he said.
A father and his two sons "allegedly" brawling, and then they turn their attack onto the police...
Society is falling apart and those who have the power to enforce the laws are being undermined.
What did the jury see or hear which made them decide that the assault on the policeman was not unlawful? The policeman was blindsided in the attack and was not expecting it.
Because the alleged assailant wasn't found guilty, in fact they weren't found guilty on any of the nine charges against them, there was no criminal conviction so there will be no criminal compensation.