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Cop Still on Duty and Has Not Been.Charged

Waylon Johncock, a South Australian police community liaison officer, is under investigation over the disturbing.footage shot on Eyre Peninsula.

The former South Australian AFL player was widely condemned, even by Indigenous elders, and 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be punished.

However, SA Police confirmed on Wednesday that Mr Johncock had not been placed on leave and was working as normal during the investigation.

Waylon Johncock, a South Australian police community liaison officer, is under investigation over the disturbing footage shot on Eyre Peninsula
He is still in his job and has not been suspended or charged a week after video emerged of him stoning a wombat to death

Some Aboriginal groups argued he was exercising traditional hunting rights and did nothing wrong, but other elders slammed him as making a mockery of them.

SA Police’s social media pages were in the past day bombarded with dozens of comments demanding an update on the investigation.

‘The entire world is watching and waiting for justice to prevail. Nothing short of sacking and charging this individual will be accepted,’ one wrote.

‘We are waiting… we were promised an answer early this week,’ another wrote.

‘We all know that if this was one of us and not one of you he would’ve been dealt with by now.’

SA Police confirmed on Wednesday that Mr Johncock had not been placed on leave and was working as normal during the investigation
Disturbing footage has emerged of an off-duty police officer stoning a terrified wombat to death and laughing about it

Commissioner Grant Stevens on October 2 promised the investigation would be dealt with as a matter of urgency and with the ‘utmost seriousness’ and an update would be released early this week.

‘I find the actions portrayed in the footage to be totally abhorrent and unacceptable. I am aware of the community outrage regarding this matter,’ he said.

‘I want to reassure everybody that the actions in the video do not align with the values and behaviours I expect from my employees, nor does it align with community standards.

‘Numerous employees of South Australia Police have also expressed to me that they, too, find the footage detestable and not consistent with their values.’

Under the Native Title Act of 1993, Aboriginal people are allowed to maintain ancient customs such as hunting local wildlife.

The off-duty police officer can be seen turning around and giving his friend a thumbs up before throwing the rock at the wombat's head
The video was taken on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula, showing the off-duty officer repeatedly throwing rocks at the wombat's head while being encouraged by a friend
The video shows the wombat waddling along the road as two men in a car follow, before the off-duty police officer steps out of the car wearing only shorts and shoes

Indigenous people in South Australia have traditionally killed.wombats with rocks and Wirangu-Kokatha elder Jack Johncock said that this right must be preserved.

However, Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner said the officer’s actions in stoning the gentle animal while laughing hysterically were ‘wrong’.

‘We didn’t hunt like that. We still don’t hunt like that,’ the 71-year-old told The Advertiser.

‘If they’re saying it was hunting for food, you wouldn’t go and hunt a sheep like that (and) you wouldn’t go and hunt any cattle like that.

‘If you want to hunt something for food, it’s done in the most humane way and end their life straight away – it’s not a fun game for you.’

The disturbing footage showed Mr Johncock repeatedly throwing rocks at the wombat’s head on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Johncock, who was off-duty at the time, was seen getting out of a truck and chasing after the helpless wombat wearing nothing but his shoes and shorts.

Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner (pictured) said the officer's shocking cruel actions in stoning the gentle animal was 'wrong'
Mr Johncock has been in the South Australian Police Force for 10 years working as one of the state's 36 Community Liaison Officers

The man behind the wheel told him to ‘get up close’ as he picked up a rock and hurled it at the animal as it tried to run away.

‘You’ve got him, you’ve got him, hit him, hit him,’ the man in the car could be heard saying as Johncock picked up another rock.

‘Kill.him!’

As the man behind the wheel sped up to keep the headlights shining on him, Johncock gave a final blow causing it to topple over.

‘Yeah! You did it!’ the man in the car said. ‘First man I’ve ever seen kill a wombat on foot, bro.’

Mr Johncock has been in the South Australian Police Force for 10 years working as one of the state’s 36 Community Liaison Officers.

His time in the force has been spent helping non-Indigenous officers understand cultural and social issues within the community in order to bridge the gap.

Mr Johnock briefly played in the SANFL for Glenelg, but was a star player in country leagues around South Australia.

He won the league best and fairest awards in the Port Lincoln league in 2005 and the Far Western Football League in 2008, and kicked the winning goal after the siren in a grand final for Noarlunga in the Southern Football League in 2014.

Johncock's time in the force has been spent helping non-Indigenous officers understand cultural and social issues within the community in order to bridge the gap
Cop Still on Duty and Has Not Been.Charged
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  1. Martin Davey

    October 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    This case raises a number of issues. I work as a general medical practitioner in Adelaide. A patient came in to me recently saying he could not get a certain job because he could not get police clearance because he had ” allegedly ” killed a cat when he was 16 years of age. He is now 35 and cannot get clearance because of the alleged case of animal cruelty. Given this policeman Waylon Johncock is lucky to keep his job, covering up under his indigenous background but this situation is hypocrisy. The other thing from the videos. Everyone has concentrated on the perpetrator of the event Waylon Johncock. But what about the driver. He really is just as much to blame. Encouraging Johncock to continue with his stoning of the wombat and then laughing hysterically as it happens and he seems so excited by the event. Someone has said he is a policeman as well. If this is the case he should definitely be investigated.

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