Impressive action by a father of one of the teens. Most young people who experience serious mistreatment by police do not challenge it or lodge a complaint . This is because such complaints are dealt with internally by Victoria Police. Many senior Victoria police officers have told us they would prefer these incidents to be investigated independently of Victoria Police. They want to see abusive officers ( very often repeat offenders) appropriately dealt with.
In 2016 Youthlaw will continue to lobby the Victorian state government to provide IBAC with the powers and resources to investigate serious police complaints independent of Victoria Police. Until this occurs young people will be reluctant to complain about abusive treatment by police.