NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb's jaw-dropping shot at critics over Tasered ... trends now
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb's handling of the Tasering by one of her officers of 95-year-old Clare Nowland in a Cooma nursing home has been met with widespread backlash.
Webb has repeatedly refused to review footage of one of her officers Tasering a woman three times his age and a third of his size, describing calls to do so as 'expectations from lounge chair critics'.
These are the main points about that received criticism about how police handled the case.
1. The media release
Commissioner Karen Webb stood by her decision to approve the initial police media release that omitted the fact that Clare Nowland was Tasered by an officer.
The initial media release stated that the 95-year-old 'sustained injuries during an interaction with police at an aged care facility in the state's south today in a nursing home'.
Webb said in her defence: 'Mrs Nowland has a large family and we didn't want that family to hear on radio or on TV what had happened to their mum, and so we had to be sensitive to that and when we were able to talk about it we did'.
She strongly denied police had wanted to obscure the nature of what had happened, and said police needed time to speak with family about the 'unusual' incident and that she 'absolutely ' stood by its wording.
2. The bodycam
Webb repeatedly refused