Now for the hard part. Wisdom with hindsight? I am not so sure. The police had a number of opportunities over the day to stop the alleged murderer who, it is alleged, almost murdered his gay brother, beat up the former partner of his mother and stole his car, nearly ran down people in Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, took a hostage who escaped, seemed to be off his tree in Yarraville, burnt doughnuts outside Flinders Street Station while police stopped the traffic, had been charged with family violence offences before he tried to murder his brother and had a very long list of previous crimes. Why on earth was he bailed?
Not one police officer knew what the horrific outcome would be as they trailed this out of control person around Melbourne on the day. No matter what the police did, they would be damned if they did and they are certainly damned that they didn't. I am only a humble ill educated wage slave but to me it appears to be a drastic failure of policing. Someone like the person it is alleged committed the crime should have been stopped, straight away, by whatever method would work at the time.
I don't blame any police officer on the ground. No doubt directions came from on high, but it is as simple as this, Victoria's police force failed to protect its citizens when there were multiple opportunities to do so. Wisdom with hindsight undoubtedly, but that is the essence of it.