Victoria, Australia holds the record of being the most locked down totalitarian state in the world. The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has used the 18,000 member police force as the enforcement storm troopers for his heavy-handed unilateral rules and dictates.  The Victorian Police Commissioner, Shane Patton, has aligned himself with the political needs of Daniel Andrews.  The results are massive conflicts between the police and formerly free citizens now under the boot of the state.

Recently, Acting Senior Sergeant Krystle Mitchell, a sworn member of the Victoria Police in Australia, has announced she can no longer take part inside an organization that has lost its connection to the community it is supposed to serve. Ms. Mitchell has served Victorians for 16 years as a police officer, including 6 years at Professional Standards Command – the division responsible for investigating police misconduct, corruption, discrimination and freedom of information, referring investigations to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) where appropriate.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mitchell cites ethical conflicts as the reason for speaking publicly about conduct of Victoria Police officers, their Chief Commissioner – Shane Patton, their Minister – the Hon. Lisa Neville MP, and ultimately their Premier – the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP. She feels she can no longer remain silent with the division between police and community growing, and totally ignored by the leadership of both the police and government.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mitchell has witnessed the opposite trajectory during the Covid-19 pandemic, and is reminding her colleagues that ultimately they will individually be held accountable for their actions, and are still subject to s 462A of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) which forbids the disproportionate use of force.

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