The Mother of a 12-year-old Boy Subdued with Capsicum Spray Has Approved The Actions of Victoria Police
The mother of a 12-year-old boy subdued with capsicum spray has approved the actions of Victoria Police.
She said her young son was “running rampant” with a steel picket in Axedale, central Victoria, on Tuesday before he was sprayed.
”It was the only way to control him without him getting hurt,” The Age reported the mother as saying.
”I would recommend it on another child in the same situation.”
The woman failed to calm her aggressive son over three hours before police spent 80 minutes unsuccessfully negotiating with the boy.
He repeatedly threatened his family and police officers during the stand-off, including striking a police car several times with the weapon.
After he was hit with the spray, police washed the substance from his eyes.
He was then taken away for medical assessment.
Police union secretary Greg Davies attacked child welfare advocates who criticised the use of the non-lethal weapon on a minor.
“What does everyone want the police to do, wrestle the axe off him and smack him on the bottom?” Mr Davies told AAP.
“Some of these armchair experts that are confronted with nothing more dangerous than a malfunctioning stapler really should wait and see what the full story is before they make these silly comments.”
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland said the incident was justified and a “last resort”, but would still be reviewed.