One of the Kimberley's top cops says a former Broome policeman used extremely "excessive force" in handling an Aboriginal detainee in one incident and "without a doubt" used a neck hold on a teenager in another despite police policy saying neck holds should not be used because of the risk of asphyxiation.
Kimberley District Officer Superintendent Michael Sutherland told a Corruption and Crime Commission hearing that officers were not trained to use neck holds and they were against police policy.
The CCC has heard evidence that neck holds can be used only when an officer believes there is a risk of grievous bodily harm or death.
Supt. Sutherland was giving evidence about two incidents in March and April in the Broome police station involving a former officer which are being investigated by the corruption watchdog.
The CCC is investigating whether the former policeman used a neckhold to take an 18-year-old man arrested for obstructing police into custody after the teenager refused to exit a police vehicle.
Supt. Sutherland said today the officer "without a doubt" used a neck hold on the teenager but the policeman had acted alone.
He said he had a number of concerns about the incident, especially given that a number of other officers were present and the situation could have been handled differently.
The CCC is also investigating another incident on April 19 where the officer appears to repeatedly punch a 31-year-old Aboriginal man, arrested for public drinking, who punched him.
The former policeman has denied dropping his knee onto the man's head or flinging him to the ground as they entered the charge room of the station.
Supt Sutherland described the force allegedly used by the policeman as "excessive... to the extreme".
He also said comments made by the policeman to the detainee after the incident were uncalled for and unprofessional.
Video footage appears to show the policeman telling the man: "nice face c... Nothing wrong with mine. You punch like a faggot".
Supt Sutherland said Broome was a very busy police station and policing in the tourist town was "challenging".
The CCC is investigating whether there was any misconduct during the arrest and detention of the two men in April and March. The main focus of the inquiry is not the officer's conduct, but the action or inaction of other officers who witnessed the incidents.
Sergeant Terry Townsend who watched video footage of the alleged altercation claims he did not recall seeing any punches being thrown.
Sgt Townsend, who was the shift supervisor at the Broome police station on April 20, watched video footage of an incident that allegedly took place the previous night where an office appears to repeatedly punch an Aboriginal man who had punched him.
Sgt Townsend testified that he did not recall seeing any punches being thrown when he viewed footage of the incident in the station's sally port during his shift.
Sgt Townsend also claimed he did not see the start of footage that appears to show the handcuffed Aboriginal man landing face first on the floor as he is taken into the station's charge room by the officer and a probationary constable.
He told the hearing if he had seen that particular footage, he would have ensured the detainee received immediate medical attention and would have reported the incident.
Sgt Townsend was shown video of himself and another officer, Sen. Const. Julie Radwell, from April 20 where they appear to review the footage of the incident.
"I don't recall seeing him come through the door," he said.
"I was concentrating on the whole lockup, not just on that (laptop playing the footage)."
Sen. Const. Radwell gave evidence at the CCC hearing yesterday in which she said she did not report the incident because she did not think it had involved excessive force.
She denied her decision not to report it was affected by her friendship with the officer and his wife.