World News - Fremantle police try to stop filming, refuse to give badge numbers
This is the shocking moment police officers refuse to give their badge numbers after tasering a driver 'for no good reason' and arresting him.The driver and his wife were heading to dinner with a friend at Fremantle, south of Perth, when his Jeep was stopped and served with a defect notice.After being tasered, as he tried to drive off, the motorist's friend turned on his camera phone and repeatedly demanded the three officers give him their badge numbers.To make matters worse the female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, repeatedly put a hat over her face as the driver's friend filmed the encounter in March 2017.'You are not the person being spoken to,' she said.When the driver's friend asked her again, explaining it didn't matter that he wasn't the one being arrested, she doubled down on her refusal to comply with the law.'You're not the person that we're dealing with. You have no right.'Earlier in the four-minute video footage, released on Wednesday by Western Australia's Corruption and Crime Commission, a male officer Constable Keenan repeatedly told the driver to 'get out of the car' before holding the taser pointed towards him.The state watchdog blasted the officers for using 'unreasonable and oppressive force'.'The incident involved a driver, his wife and friend who were heading to a Fremantle restaurant for dinner – but ended up with the driver being tasered in his vehicle for no good reason, arrested and locked up,' it said.When the man was told by police to turn around to be cuffed, Constable Keenan then used force to twist his arms behind his back and press him against his four-wheel drive.'I'm not resisting, mate,' the man told the officer.'You were under no threat when you tasered him,' the friend behind the camera added.He was then placed under arrest for disobeying the directive of a police officer.A subsequent internal police review cleared Constable Keenan of any wrongdoing, however the Crime and Corruption Commission has found his actions 'unlawful, unreasonable and oppressive.'Constable Keenan has not been charged with any wrongdoing but has been stood aside, one year after the incident.The female officer, Senior Constable Arnold, was criticised by the CCC for preventing the filming and has since been charged.Police Minister Michelle Roberts said the police would be brought to justice.'Police officers in this instance have done the wrong thing, they have been found out, and they will need to cop the consequences,' she said.Ms Roberts said officers should be kept accountable with the use of body cameras, and WA traffic police could be trialling the devices by the end of 2018.