Child abuse by the State – Western Australian style

“West Australian police will withdraw charges against a 12-year-old boy who appeared in court yesterday for receiving an allegedly stolen Freddo frog.

The chocolate was allegedly shoplifted by the boy’s friend from a Coles supermarket in Northam, about 100 kilometres from Perth.

Police initially stood by its decision to press on with the case after a hearing in Northam Children’s Court yesterday.

The decision brought outrage from the Aboriginal Legal Service and the boy’s lawyer, Peter Collins.

But this morning, Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan told ABC Radio he now wanted the charges withdrawn and referred to the state’s juvenile justice team.

“They will not actually be dropped, but sent to the state’s Juvenile Justice Team,” Mr O’Callaghan said.”

full story from Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/national/freddo-frog-meltdown-police-chief-wants-charge-with-drawn-against-boy-12-20091117-ijph.html