'Egotistic' police allowed our families to be sacrificed, Bourke St widow tells inquest

Melinda Tan, whose husband Matthew Si was killed in the Bourke Street rampage, says people might be 'better off protecting ourselves' than relying on police.

26.2.2020

The widow of a man killed in the Bourke Street rampage says Victorians might be 'better off protecting ourselves' than relying on 'egotistic' police officers more concerned with safeguarding their careers than ensuring public safety.

Melinda Tan, whose husband Matthew Si was killed in the Bourke Street rampage, says people might be 'better off protecting ourselves' than relying on police.

"I have the impression that on January 20, 2017, the different police units were fragmented, there was no overall leader and there was reluctance for teamwork among the various units.Matthew Bryant shed tears as he spoke of his son Zachary, who died after Gargasoulas hit the infant's pram with his stolen Holden Commodore.

"This trauma may resurface in a different way now the inquest has concluded," she said."We are forced to hear that nothing could have been done and that the outcome may not have changed even if other actions were taken. In other words, our families had to be sacrificed on that day. If this is the best that Victoria Police can offer, then we are better off protecting ourselves.

"There was acknowledgment of the victim's pain, agony and sufferings but not a formal apology. As I have not ventilated my grief and frustration, myself and my family would like to thank our legal team ... and a sincere thank you to everyone who helped Matthew, the first responders, paramedics, hospital staffs, doctors, nurses who tried so hard to save Matthew despite his unsurvivable injuries."

"All the apologies are coming from those officers who were at the scene, however, on the other hand, I think those who were in controlling and supervisory roles have not acknowledged their own fault in failing to understand the skills of the officers working under their command and the situation those officers were in before making decisions.

"I hate knowing that my son's death had to be the catalyst for change but I hope that whatever outcomes follow meaningfully prevent incidents of this nature occurring again."

Read more: The Age

Those bystanders near flinders made more effort to stop this maniac.. while police stood and watched 'Between 1982 & 1994 a total of 34 people were shot & killed by police in Victoria. This compared with 15 for the rest of Australia, of which seven were in New South Wales.' That style of policing was sadly lacking on 20th Jan 2017.

FOU_official She has nailed it. the first responder is always the victim and even if the police do arrive in time, their proceedures will mean there is no timely reaction on their part. Absolutely right. In our NannyState, our Police are forced to raise revenue for the State. So, how can they be expected to protect us, eh? A Billion Dollars of traffic fines are more important than public lives, aren't they?

100000% agree. I was stalked all night and i has vision of him doing it. I have a protection order and he was in breach. When I reported it to police they said, ‘are you trying to tell me he has nothing better to do than stalk you?’ - YES!! That’s exactly what I’m telling you. She spoke amazingly well and is 100% correct

We have a police service...instead of a police force...Top brass to scared to act ...PC policy’s caused indecision and cost lives..... Yep Trust me the police on the ground are just as angry with what happened on that day. But great to hear this lady speak out, hopefully the powers that be will listen!!

Utter nonsense

Families of victims to speak at Bourke St inquest today | Sky News AustraliaFamily members of victims of the 2017 Bourke Street massacre are due to speak at the Coronial Inquest into the tragedy today. \n\nJames Gargasoulas killed six people and injured 27 more when he deliberately drove down Melbourne's busy Bourke Street on January 20, 2017.\n\nGargasoulas was found guilty of six counts of murder and was sentenced to life in prison. \n\nWednesday is the final day of the hearing with legal teams set to return at a later date for closing submissions.\n\nImage: News Corp Australia

Spot on Luv... Hope you run for office It's time we sacked Graham Ashton. DanielAndrewsMP still hasn't lift his game up since the bouke st attack couldn't agree more. full state politician and police mana washout needed Some of us have taken steps to protect ourselves but nothing is foolproof when we have maniacs on the streets who should be in gaol. Police have restraints of the law that sometimes make it impossible for them to take direct action against perpetrators.

Where I live we have a huge problem with drug dealers and other serious problems. Over 18 months I called 000 numerous times to ask for the police to attend. They never attended and never contacted me. Not once. Waste of time and money. Sad but true! She makes a fair point. It might get to that. Right on, good call. They would rather book you for doing 75 in a 70 speed limit. Easy work, no paperwork. They are 100% responsible for this disaster. dirtyharry

Bourke St families take aim at Vic police during inquest | Sky News AustraliaThe families of victims killed by driver James Gargasoulas during the Bourke Street rampage have delivered statements to a coronial inquest into the massacre.\n\nSome of the victims and their families have been scathing of the Victorian legal system and criticised the police response to the rampage. \n\nThe wife of one of the six people killed by Mr Gargasoulas, Melinda Tan, called out the polices' conclusion that nothing could have been done to prevent the tragedy.\n\nCouncil assisting will provide a written submission which will be looked over by the coroner and oral submissions are to be provided on May 25 before the corner’s final findings are released. \n\nImage: News Corp Australia\u002F Stuart McEvoy

Fair call. The police doesn't want to hurt anybody's feelings... Especially in Victoria 🙄 In an imperfect world everyone looks over their shoulder waiting to accused of some sort transgression by the post modernest thought police. Agree 100% but not street officers their politically correct senior non street senior officers

'We are better off protecting ourselves': Bourke St families take aim at policeThe widow of a man killed in the rampage has accused some police officers of being more concerned with protecting their careers than the safety of citizens. 9News Thats why we should have the right to protected ourselves just like the Americans do with their 2nd Amendment. So Behind in the times......

Widow of Bourke Street victim directs fury towards police in coronial hearingMelinda Tan, whose husband Matthew Si was killed in the 2017 Bourke Street car attack, tells the coroner Victoria Police focused on their careers and safety rather than protecting the public when they attempted to stop James Gargasoulas. It seems we cannot learn by the mistakes of Britain and the United States and continue in the belief that if something hasn't worked elsewhere that we for some reason can make it work here or that when things do work there that for the same reasoning it can't work here. Crazy She has every right to. Police idly stand by as the general public fight off attacks. Our judiciary is a joke. Dump it all, let vigilante groups take over. It'd be far cheaper & probably a better outcome for society. Effective against the mild and the unarmed. Ineffective against the armed and dangerous.

'Oh my God': Bourke Street inquest hears the moment killer's girlfriend learnt of massacreAkiir Muo wept and wailed uncontrollably when she found out her killer boyfriend had mown down pedestrians in Melbourne's CBD.

Bourke St families take aim at Vic police during inquest | Sky News AustraliaThe families of victims killed by driver James Gargasoulas during the Bourke Street rampage have delivered statements to a coronial inquest into the massacre.\n\nSome of the victims and their families have been scathing of the Victorian legal system and criticised the police response to the rampage. \n\nThe wife of one of the six people killed by Mr Gargasoulas, Melinda Tan, called out the polices' conclusion that nothing could have been done to prevent the tragedy.\n\nCouncil assisting will provide a written submission which will be looked over by the coroner and oral submissions are to be provided on May 25 before the corner’s final findings are released. \n\nImage: News Corp Australia\u002F Stuart McEvoy



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