Coroner slams Victoria Police over drunk man left to die in rain

Check out these coppers, life is sooo funny, hahaha I’m a copper I would treat my dad the same NOT. Bloody disgrace the way they treated this unwell human being in need of medical care…Such heroes make us so bloody NOT PROUD

CCTV released of dying man Gong Ling Tang outside Dandenong police station

Tue 26 Nov 2013, 12:44pm

The Victorian Coroners Court has decided to release police surveillance vision of a drunk man who died after being left by officers outside Dandenong Police Station.

The footage shows Gong Ling Tang, 53, unable to walk as officers lead him outside in May 2010.

The police involved tried to prevent the footage from being released, but the coroner ruled it was in the public’s interest.

Tang’s family has been desperately fighting to have the footage released to show how his dignity was never respected.

Mandarin interpreter Yu Lipski was working at the Dandenong police station the night Tang died.

It was her phone call to Fairfax Radio two weeks later which blew the whistle on the police and triggered a coronial inquiry.

Ms Lipski says she has always had enormous respect for police but she says that night their behaviour was atrocious.

Jane Dickson, president of Liberty Victoria, praised Ms Lipski for her efforts to protect Tang and report the incident at her workplace.

“She has my greatest admiration, I think it must have been extraordinarily difficult to have acted so courageously,” she said.

“Both in the way in which she sought to protect the unfortunate deceased man [and] to then to reveal the circumstances in which she was required to act as an actual interpreter to bring them [the police officers] forward publicly.

“That’s whistle-blowing in its truest sense.” 

Tang ‘crawled like a dog with blood in his mouth’

Earlier in the day on May 12, 2010, Tang’s wife called police to report her husband was at the house drunk and in breach of an apprehended violence order.

He was arrested and sent to the lock up at Dandenong Police Station to dry out.

The police did not know Tang was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and was bleeding internally. As the night wore on his organs began to shut down. He was in agony.

Ms Lipski saw him rolling on the floor of the cell which was stained by blood and urine. She knew he was in trouble.

She says Tang said he needed a shower and that he needed to go to the hospital, but the police did nothing.

Tang was eventually released and was seen crawling out of his cell on his hands and knees, unable to walk.

Ms Lipski said he was subjected to ridicule by the police all night. 

“The officer yelled at him, ‘get out and get up, I saw him crawling out of that cell door like a dog with blood in his mouth,” Ms Lipski said.

“He couldn’t move, he was trying to make some sound, he was disoriented, you could tell he was in pain.

“I could see a human suffering right in front of my eyes. I felt very sad.” 

Tang was then dragged out of the station by two female police and left by a roller door in a garage. Clutching his stomach, Tang repeatedly pressed an intercom button.

After several minutes two officers returned. One grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and pushed him outside into the rain.

Ms Lipski retrieved an umbrella for Tang as he lay dying in the rain. She also fetched water for him to drink while the police looked on.

Eventually an ambulance arrived to collect Tang at 9:00pm but by then he was in multiple organ failure.

Taken to intensive care, he died at Dandenong Hospital at 11:30 the next morning.

We let him down, we let his family down: police commissioner

The coronial inquest was told Tang died from advance chronic liver disease and gastro-intestinal bleeding. Contributing factors included hypothermia, bordering on severe.

Five police officers, all women, dealt with Tang that night and declined to give evidence.

One officer cited mental distress while another said she risked being prosecuted for manslaughter.

Asked if Tang was treated humanely, the Sergeant in Charge Megan Whitehead said: “I thought he was treated the same way as anyone we get in here”.

Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright apologised to Tang’s family. 

“We fell well short of the standards expected in terms of both the care we showed and the respect and dignity we provided,” he said.

“We missed many opportunities to get medical assistance for Mr Tang. 

“I find his treatment deeply distressing, we should have done better for Ling Tang. 

“We let him down, we let his family down and we let the community down.”

Ms Dixon says what happened to Tang could still happen again.

“Liberty Victoria’s not confident that these sorts of events won’t happen again,” she said. “Police are being expected to act as jailers.

“The numbers of people in custody has increased so dramatically in recent times. It’s very difficult to be confident that there won’t be further cases of dehumanising treatment.”

Coroner Iain West has reserved his decision.

Court shown footage of drunk man who died after being left outside police station

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 12:04pm

Victoria’s Coroners Court has been shown police surveillance vision of a drunk man who died after being left outside the Dandenong police station.

The footage shows Gong Ling Tang, 53, staggering and unable to walk as officers lead him to a roller door on the night of May 12, 2010.

Intoxicated and disoriented, Mr Tang then stumbles about the exit, but does not leave, and instead repeatedly presses an intercom button.

After several minutes, the two officers return to push him outside at about 8pm.

Another camera shows him lying in the rain outside the roller door, apparently clutching his stomach.

Two police officers and a Chinese interpreter come to check on him and an ambulance is called for at 8.13pm.

The inquest into his death has previously heard that Mr Tang had earlier complained of abdominal pain and asked to go to hospital.

An ambulance arrived shortly before 9pm after police made a second call for help.

Mr Tang died at the Dandenong Hospital of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage the following day.

He had been arrested earlier in the night for breaching an intervention order by visiting his wife at her home in Oakleigh in Melbourne’s south-east.

Mr Tang was drunk and had soiled himself.

The inquest continues.

Police criticised for treating man who died shortly after leaving Dandenong drunk tank as a ‘joke’
Last moments in police custody

A CORONER has slammed the conduct of police who ignored repeated pleas for help from a man who collapsed and died soon after being released from the Dandenong drunk tank.

Ling Gong Tang, 53 crawled from the Dandenong police station in May 2010 before collapsing after spending four hours in the cells for being drunk in a public place.

Whilst in custody, Mr Tang, who suffered acute liver disease, made repeated requests for medical assistance and had solied himself – which some police considered “a bit of a joke”.

His release was captured on CCTV, with one witness telling the inquest she “saw him crawl on his hands and knees, like a dog”.

“The vision is extraordinary. No police offered or felt compelled to offer Mr Tang any assistance,” State Coroner Iain West said.

Deceased man Gong Ling Tang is seen crawling towards the cell door at Dandenong police st

Deceased man Gong Ling Tang is seen crawling towards the cell door at Dandenong police station.

After attempting to return to the police station Mr Tang was refused entry.

“He is eventually pushed out into the cold night, in bare feet and in a shocking state, with blood escaping from his mouth,” Mr West found.

When police called an ambulance, it took 40 minutes to arrive because Mr Tang’s condition was described as “non-urgent”.

When paramedics eventually arrived, they found Mr Tang sopping wet because he had been lying unprotected in the rain.

Gong Ling Tang allegedly pleaded with police to be taken to hospital after being arrested

Gong Ling Tang allegedly pleaded with police to be taken to hospital after being arrested for being drunk in May 2010.

Although the coroner ruled Mr Tang died from acute liver disease, he found hypothermia played a contributing role.

“Mr Tang’s exposure to the elements outside the police station contributed to the development of that hypothermia,” Mr West said.

Each of the officers involved in Mr Tang’s care have denied responsibility.

“The five primary police officers who were involved in the care or who had contact with Mr Tang have expressed little or no responsibility for any of the decisions.’’

The 53-year-old died hours after being left outside the police station following his rele

The 53-year-old died hours after being left outside the police station following his release from custody.

The five members have already been subject of internal disciplinary proceedings.

One member has been sacked over Mr Tang’s death, another demoted and two others have been placed on good behaviour bonds and ordered to undertake “courageous conversation” courses.

Three were also disciplined with “renumeration impact”.

Mr West criticised the police’s own investigation, and recommended all internal interviews with members be recorded and observed by an independent, legally-trained person appointed by the Department of Justice.

Gong Ling Tang is seen lying on the road after he was left outside of Dandenong police st

Gong Ling Tang is seen lying on the road after he was left outside of Dandenong police station.

Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has already apologised to Mr Tang’s family, conceding police failed to treat him with dignity and respect.

In a further response to the ruling, Acting Commissioner Jack Blayney said it he had the deepest regret about what happened to Mr Tang, offering his condolences to his family.

He admitted that because of police treatement, Mr Tang was not afforded the dignity he deserved.

Mr Blayney said Victoria Police were considering the recommendations given by the Coroner.

Improvements had already been made to their police, Spt Balyney said, and police had a duty of care to those in custody.

He said he did not want to make it a gender issue, but acknowledged that those involved who had been disciplined were female officers.

“I don’t believe this is a gender issue,” Spt Blayney said.

He said he knew nothing of any payment to Mr Tang’s family.


Coroner releases CCTV video of Gong Ling Tang

November 22, 2013




GRAPHIC VISION WARNING: CCTV recording of Gong Ling Tang at Dandenong police station on the night of May 12, 2010. (NO AUDIO)

A coroner has released CCTV video taken inside and outside a police station of a man who died hours after being released from custody.

The video shows Gong Ling Tang crawling out of his cell after being freed and being led out of Dandenong police station, barefoot, by police before he is seen lying in a puddle of water.

Deputy state coroner Iain West said on Friday there was no compelling reason not to lift a suppression order on the video, recorded on May 12, 2010, because it was in the public interest and because Mr Tang’s death was effectively a death in custody.

Police witnesses Kate Griffiths, Megan Whitehead and Kay Price outside the Coroners Court during the Gong Ling Tang inquest.Police witnesses Kate Griffiths, Megan Whitehead and Kay Price outside the Coroners Court during the Gong Ling Tang inquest.

Mr Tang, 53, was arrested for public drunkenness and for a suspected breach of an intervention order. He spent four and a half hours in a police cell, during which he complained of abdominal pain and asked to be taken to hospital.

Mr West said the CCTV video was the best evidence of how Mr Tang was treated in custody and the public was entitled to see it.

He said the police treatment Mr Tang received before he died was one of the reasons an inquest was held. He said the video effectively spoke for the five police officers who were not compelled to give evidence at the inquest.

Gong Ling TangGong Ling Tang

Mr Tang’s family supported applications by media to have the video released. Genna Angelowitsch, a lawyer representing the family, welcomed the release of the footage.

“The family are grateful that the tragic final hours of their husband and father have been revealed,” Ms Angelowitsch said.

“The police who were there did not give evidence but the CCTV footage shows their actions.”

Mr Tang was found by paramedics lying in a puddle and with his clothes drenched. He died in hospital the next day from a gastrointestinal haemorrhage caused by liver disease, the inquest heard. He also had diabetes and was an alcoholic. Hypothermia was one of six factors that contributed to his death, the Coroners Court heard.

The CCTV video , which was played to the court during the inquest, shows Mr Tang lying on his back in a police cell and rolling from side to side. When he crawls out of the cell police watch from the corridor.

The video also shows the Chinese national struggling to stand while outside the station.

After the inquest, media, including Fairfax Media, applied for Mr West to raise a suppression order on the video in the public interest and to ensure the open administration of justice.

Mr West said it was appropriate after the inquest to release the video, as doing so would not have any bearing on the findings he would make.

Mr West accepted a submission from a barrister representing Victoria Police that Mr Tang’s dignity and reputation could be harmed if the video was made public.

He said the video showed Mr Tang in a dishevelled, intoxicated and unwell state and that he appeared extremely vulnerable. He said it was for these reasons the CCTV vision was such crucial evidence, because it showed the level of care police should have applied, but did not.

Mr West accepted the vision was confronting and possibly distressing, but rejected a submission from barristers representing some of the police officers at the station that day that the footage would inflame rather than inform the public.

He said he accepted media companies would act responsibly when publishing the footage, and dismissed concerns the footage would be sensationalised or shown out of context.

After he made his ruling, a barrister representing two of the police officers who dealt with Mr Tang applied to have the officers’ names suppressed because they were still serving officers and the “nature of the activity depicted” might “arouse strong emotions”.

But Mr West dismissed the application because the officers had already been named in media reports and photographed outside court.

During the inquest Victoria Police apologised to Mr Tang’s family and friends and admitted he did not receive the respect, dignity and protection he deserved.

Mr Tang’s nephew, Tommy Luong, said the family had welcomed the apology and were not waiting to hear what findings Mr West passed.

Mr Luong said Mr Tang’s wife and daughter were still distraught at his death and the way he was treated.

Ms Angelowitsch said the family was also grateful towards interpreter Yu Shu Lipski, who stayed with Mr Tang while an ambulance called and had given evidence during the inquest.

Ms Lipski said she was shocked and saddened by the way police treated Mr Tang, and had ridiculed him while in custody. She said one officer had laughed herself to tears when told Mr Tang had soiled himself.

Victoria Police also apologised to Ms Lipski for what she had witnessed.

Four officers – Megan Whitehead, Kaye Price, Kate Griffiths and Fiona Jones – were interviewed by police in relation to Mr Tang’s death, but were never disciplined. The Director of Public Prosecutions never pursued criminal charges.

Mr West said he would release his findings at a later date.


7 thoughts on “Coroner slams Victoria Police over drunk man left to die in rain

  1. Im sitting on the fence here and I have one querie is it states clearly that Mr Tangs wife did not tell the police he had a medical condition which was cirrosis of the liver but she didnt mind the police taking him away from her to dry out. They had no idea he needed medical attention at the time because he couldnt communicate normally and his wife knew and said nothing.


    • No your not sitting on the fence your right in their corner. Like are you blind you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see he’s in a bad way, internal bleeding or did they think that was from the working over they gave him for good measure. Ferrel Pigs.

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  2. Gutless mongrel low life bastards. There’s no defence for them what so ever. Why havn’t they been sacked and charged., they need that smirk wiped of their fat ugly faces. Imagine if ambo’s did that ,the out cry, well these animals are no different. Serve and protect, yeah right, serve and abuse. more like it

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  3. These Victorian Police Officers should all be not only sacked, but face serious criminal charges, for the way they failed to humanly carry out their duty of care to a sick prisoner in their custody!… All officers are well trained to give and render first aid, or at least, if they are unsure, what action to take, call a ambulance to the police watch house. ASAP!… This is a similar case to the low-life bastard Prison Officers that made a sick harmless low risk prisoner ;Ian Klum crawl on his hands and knees as a very sick man, internally bleeding into a cell and not get him any medical assistance, causing him to later die in Grafton Jail. They all got off to, and kept their job!… Look at 7.30 Report on Youtube. These two incidents are typical of how mongrel Coppers and Screws, don’t get sacked, and sometimes even get promoted. I notice one of he Victorian female coppers has a service medal. I bet she keeps her job!… So much for ‘Uphold The Right’ on their Police Badges!…

    ‘Dying Man Forced To Crawl By Prison Officers at Grafton Jail.’
    ‘Corrections Officer Clotheslines A Inmate During Processing’
    ‘Security camera shows inmate bashing’

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  4. These smiling smug copper bitches in the photo are very disturbing and also their callous actions in the CCTV footage, that showed this helpless dying guy, a victim of their unacceptable inhuman actions of throwing this dying man out the roller door into the rain, in his bleeding- urine soaked dying condition state, is nothing short of culpable manslaughter, five experienced Victorian Police Officers of the ranks of experienced – Leading Senior Constables-up to Station Charge Sergeant , should have known better, from the time frame they escorted him into the police solitary cell, until more than four hours later, in his state of illness, could very well see he was very sick and injured, they should have got an ambulance as soon as possible, to him, when he was first arrested, hours before his discharge from his police lock up cell, and throwing him out into cold bad weather and rain!… These power trip female uniformed cowards, and their excuse for being badged senior connie Police Officers, from the way they were all ganged around him, while he was struggling to even get out of the police divisional van, at the Dandenong Police Station was complete and utter un-necessary manhandling over- kill, he was know danger at all to any of them, in any way, what’s so ever and was in fact battling to even move on his feet in his his un-well state. Yet these butch coppers all walking the walk- gang busters and gun- ho, and all were escorting and handling him, like he had just been arrested for armed Robbery or had murdered some one. And to make matters worse . Laughing about the prisoner soiling himself!… It is a disgrace if any of these Victorian Coppers, only get only a weak pay cut-“(renumeration impact)”- big deal!.. or petty disciplinary slap on the wrist, and then go out on (mental distress ) stress leave!… And only have to do some in- house police training of
    “( courageous conversation course),” what a soft joke!.. for this, which is a crime, not just a disciplinary breech of their duty!… This would just not be harsh or be good enough for them, and the fact, that they and the Victoria Police Department have fought to have this police station CCTV , evidence with held from public viewing, makes them more guilty of their in human actions. This is an example of police officers who should not be wearing a black uniform, but should instead be taken into custody themselves, and made to wear prison issue- female prisoners blue uniforms, and thrown into a bleak solitary prison cell, with just a metal toilet and basin and experience what it is like to be a helpless inmate, left to rot, just like they did to this obviously – low risk, non- dangerous arrested prisoner- victim in their custody. This is nothing short of a deliberate prisoner death in their custody!… no excuse!… If any of these copper bitches stay in the job, and are protected by their superiors , or just transferred to another posting, and just made to do a then, this just goes to show how much the Victorian Police stand by their motto – ‘UPHOLD THE RIGHT’. Even with the worst dangerous inmates in Pentridge Prison, medical assistance was given to sick inmates and they were taken by an ambulance to Pentridge Hospital or St Vincents Hospital, and given medical attention, even if the inmate had been bashed or stabbed. Certainly not throw into the rain like they were throwing out the rubbish!… It never ceases to amaze me how the worst Police and Prison Officers always keep their jobs, it was the same back in H.Division, the worst officers were promoted or just moved into another posting, no disciplinary action on them for what they had been doing, often in packs, horrible things to prisoners in their custody… The Police and Prison Brotherhood looks after and protects its own!…

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  5. I certainly dont defend the reactions of the police involved especially the smugness that wasnt what I was aiming at I now wonder if their is an element of thuggery and bullies in the Victorian Police force Im sure there is as its in every occupation. Its usually the hard bitches that manipulate their way through their job that think they are secure but eventually every dog has their day.


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