Family of man shot dead by police in Brisbane CBD call for better support of mental health patients
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Taxi driver Rubal Singh captured the moment two police officers confronted a man with a knife, moments before they shot him. (Supplied)
The household of a person shot useless by police in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday says he had been affected by schizophrenia for the final three years and did not obtain sufficient help.
- Police shot the person useless after he attacked two vacationers with a knife
- The person’s household say he suffered from schizophrenia and wanted extra help
- Police confirmed there was nothing to recommend the incident was linked to terrorism
Mohammad Akram Bahram, 24, drove into the town armed with two knives earlier than attacking two UK vacationers, stabbing a 26-year-old man within the again.
His sister advised the ABC their household — from Logan south of Brisbane — was shocked by the information and did not know what triggered Mr Bahram to enter the town armed.
“He was a completely superb particular person, you may by no means meet anybody like him,” she mentioned.
“He would provide the shirt off his again — that is how a lot of a form particular person he was.”
She mentioned the household believed there was not sufficient help supplied to assist Mr Bahram, who they are saying had been identified with schizophrenia.
Police outside the Westin Hotel in the Brisbane CBD, after the shooting. (ABC News: Lexy Hamilton-Smith)
Mr Bahram’s household mentioned had been hospitalised not less than 4 instances within the final three years because of his sickness and was most lately admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in December.
Queensland Well being mentioned it couldn’t affirm whether or not the 24-year-old was being handled in hospital earlier than the incident on Sunday, because of the ongoing coronial investigation.
The household mentioned they’re offended and consider Queensland Well being failed their son.
“He has been in psychological well being getting assist,” his sister mentioned.
“He did not get sufficient help.
“There are households hurting from this, it is completely heartbreaking.”
The forensic scene where police shot and killed a man outside the Westin Hotel on Mary Street. (AAP: Glenn Hunt)
Well being groups ‘do their greatest’, minister says
Well being Minister Steven Miles averted talking about Mr Bahram’s case however mentioned the care supplied to him by Queensland Well being can be investigated.
“I’m not going to pre-empt any [investigation] however I’m going to say that on daily basis our psychological well being groups do their highest to deal with a few of the most tough shoppers,” he mentioned.
“”I am not at liberty to stipulate any non-public affected person info. We’ll cooperate with any investigation.
“Psychological well being points are very complicated and what we are able to do as a well being service is guarantee we have now the assets and staffing to help folks and we’re doing that.
“Throughout the state we’re investing in psychological well being services.”
‘Unacceptable delays’ in psychological well being care: AMA
Dr Richard Kidd from the Australian Medical Affiliation (AMA) mentioned Mr Bahram’s expertise highlighted “main shortcomings” in the best way psychological well being therapy was funded and structured.
“There may be actually robust proof for those who put money into good high quality, well-resourced psychological well being outreach help, you will, in lots of circumstances, stop this type of tragedy,” he mentioned.
“For a few years now, the AMA and lots of different our bodies have been calling for a a lot better funding in psychological well being.
“The State Authorities and Federal Authorities have been lacking in motion in terms of psychological well being for a very long time and it is simply not ok.
“It is inflicting unacceptable delays to care.
“We actually want to speculate extra funding in a wise manner into psychological well being and outreach help.
“If we try this, we will likely be a extra humane society and stop struggling and hurt for not solely people with psychological well being challenges but additionally for these round them.”
Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said the care provided to Mr Bahram would be investigated. (AAP: Darren England)
Household livid over terrorism claims
The Brisbane Islamic neighborhood and Mr Bahram’s household have additionally been angered by some studies that the assault might have been motivated by terrorism.
His household mentioned Mr Bahram was born in Sydney after his mom moved to Australia from Afghanistan as a refugee.
“The worst factor was after we turned on the TV and noticed studies stating he was a terrorist. That’s disgusting behaviour, completely disgusting,” his sister mentioned.
“He isn’t associated to any terrorist teams or something like that.
“We’re only a regular Aussie household who’ve had our brother — my guardian’s son — taken away.”
Police confirmed there was nothing to recommend the incident was linked to terrorism.
Islamic Council of Queensland secretary Muhammad Khatree says the council has requested a meeting with Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll following the shooting. (ABC News: Anna Hartley)
Islamic Council of Queensland secretary Muhammad Khatree mentioned misinformation was damaging, not solely to the person’s household, however to relations between the Islamic neighborhood and police.
“Any studies that attempt to power a connection to terrorism are extremely irresponsible,” Mr Khatree mentioned.
“We’ve been knowledgeable by relations that the deceased was born in Australia and affected by grappling with extreme psychological well being points.
“We’re additionally critically involved by the extreme power utilized by cops.”
“To have his life taken away like that is unjust,” his sister added.
“The police have gone about this the fallacious manner. They may have used tasers.
“It was extreme [force].”
As of Tuesday morning, Mr Bahram’s household mentioned they have been nonetheless ready for investigators to launch their son’s physique.
Police defend officer’s actions amid investigation
Using lethal power will likely be investigated by Queensland police’s inside moral requirements command however, in an unprecedented transfer, QPS Commissioner Katarina Carroll has publicly supported the officers concerned.
“On daily basis my officers go to work to guard Queenslanders,” she posted on Instagram.
“Two of our first responders confronted a vital scenario that, as police, we hope we’re by no means confronted with.
“I stand with them.”
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers additionally stood by the motion of the officers.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers says police acted ‘with restraint’ and were doing their job when they shot and killed 24-year-old Mohammad Akram Bahram in Brisbane on Sunday. (ABC News: Anna Hartley)
“A taser just isn’t acceptable as a result of if each prongs don’t join, what you may have is a murdered police officer,” he mentioned.
“Sadly, an offender decided to threaten the lives of others and a police officer, and the police did their job.”
The UK vacationer who was stabbed within the incident obtained a single sew in hospital and was discharged.
Each the person and the 25-year-old lady have been interviewed as a part of the coronial investigation.