WA Police Union says woman who filmed Albany attack ‘should be charged’

Grant TaylorThe West Australian
VideoThe three injured policemen are still off work from the incident last Thursday.

The WA Police Union has called for a woman who filmed a vicious attack on three officers in Albany last week to face criminal charges.

The woman can be heard screaming abuse at the officers while filming them on her mobile phone after they turned up at her house to arrest her son who had allegedly been threatening people with an axe handle.

The abuse even continued after the officers were attacked by several men inside the house, referring to them as “pigs” and “dog c...s”.

Union president George Tilbury said he had been disgusted by what he saw on the “vile video” and believed there were grounds to charge the woman.

“This woman behaved appallingly and I believe there is sufficient evidence there to charge her with disorderly behaviour... just because of the verbal abuse that was coming out of her mouth the entire time,” he said.

Two men have already been charged over the attack and inquiries are continuing into others who may also have been involved.

VideoConfronting video has emerged of the Albany attack.

The woman who shot the video later posted it on social media sites believing it showed police in a negative light.

But the woman then became the target of a public backlash from Albany residents who were appalled by what they saw.

“It is clear that the person thought they were doing something smart by publishing (the video) online, but it has backfired,” Mr Tilbury said.

“The community has overwhelmingly come out and supported police officers for the difficult and dangerous work that they do.”

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