“The family does come first”: NSW Police Commissioner defends delay in making taser use public
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb has said “The family comes first”, defending the time it took for the Force to make public that a taser was used on 95-year-old Clare Nowland, at a Cooma aged care facility last week.
On Wednesday, Senior Constable Kristian White was charged with three serious offences over the tasering of the great-grandmother.
Mrs Nowland died later on Wednesday night.
The case garnered major media attention, with police criticised for their handling of the situation.
The event is still under investigation.
Focus on the NSW Police continued this week as a man was shot dead in Sydney’s Lower North Shore after allegedly behaving “aggressively”, approaching homes and “chasing people down the street” in North Willoughby on Thursday morning.
Ray Hadley said the two cases differ significantly, with the North Willoughby incident presenting an “imminent threat” for both police and the public.
Commissioner Webb told Ray Hadley that she spoke personally to the Nowland family after the incident took place to make sure they had all the information before it was reported by the media.
She told Ray, on her visit to the family in Cooma in the NSW Southern Tablelands that she thought “they appreciated that the Commissioner took time out to see them”.
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