WA's Corruption and Crime Commission has been lambasted by a parliamentary committee for being slow to launch its investigation into police who tasered a man at least 12 times.
Kevin Spratt was tasered repeatedly by Senior Constables Troy Tomlin and Aaron Strahan after he refused a strip search in August 2008, and CCTV footage of the incident has caused public outrage.
Police and prosecutors are yet to decide whether criminal charges will be laid, though the two officers were subject to internal police disciplinary action and fines of up to $1200.
The CCC had earlier recommended that the Director of Public Prosecutions consider laying charges against the two senior constables.
A committee launched to investigate how the CCC handles allegations of police misconduct concluded that the corruption watchdog made a serious blunder by not investigating the incident sooner.
“The committee formed the view that the September 2008 decision by the CCC to leave this matter to the WA Police for internal investigation was a serious error of judgment,” committee chairman Nick Goiran said.
“The committee believes that there is clearly an expectation that matters of the nature of the Perth Watch House incident would be independently investigated by the CCC in the first instance.”
Mr Goiran said in future all similar allegations of police misconduct would have to be subject to an immediate independent investigation.