Public transport ticket inspectors here in Melbourne have outrageously been criticised by the Ombudsman for “improper conduct”. Apparently senseless violence against potential fare evaders/insolent children is somehow wrong.
And what’s worse, many of these incidents were referred to the Ombudsman by the operators in order to prosecute the citizens involved. How could their agents administering blunt justice be so betrayed?
”Closed circuit television footage provided to my office has highlighted a number of examples of inappropriate authorised officer conduct and use of excessive force,” the Ombudsman said.
”Of concern was that the incidents in question were referred to the department by the operators for possible prosecution of the commuters involved” – not the ticket inspectors. ”In my view, this demonstrates that authorised officers and their managers are clearly not aware of the limitations on the appropriate use of their powers, or are ignoring them.”
In another incident in March, a ticketing inspector pushed two young commuters from a moving train.
CCTV footage is supposed to HELP us bully snitty little kids, not protect them when we go ludicrously overboard!
Beginning to regret putting cameras on the trains at all.