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Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission has accused the Police Commissioner of presiding over
a culture of coverup

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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: The Queensland Government and the police force have been rocked by the
state's most damning anti-corruption report since the Fitzgerald inquiry.

Today's Crime and Misconduct Commission report examined how Queensland police handled the
investigation into the death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee on Palm Island six years ago.

The commission found the investigation was seriously flawed and unacceptable and that the Police
Commissioner presided over a culture of cover up.

From Brisbane, Charlotte Glennie reports.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE, REPORTER: Queensland's top corruption fighter has delivered an ultimatum to the
head of the state's police force.

MARTIN MOYNIHAN, CMC CHAIRMAN: The Commissioner must be held accountable and must take
responsibility for ridding the service of the self-protecting culture that has been allowed to grow
and flourish.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: The Crime and Misconduct Commission examined the police handling of the 2004
death in custody of Cameron Doomadgee.

MARTIN MOYNIHAN: The initial police investigation and the internal police review were seriously
flawed. They are characterised by double standards and an unwillingness to publicly acknowledge
failings on the part of the police.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: The Police Commissioner has been given 14 days to take disciplinary action
against six officers who investigated the death.

BOB ATKINSON, QUEENSLAND POLICE COMMISSIONER: I have always acknowledged that the initial
investigation into the death of Cameron Doomadgee could have been handled better.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Bob Atkinson responded to the report first on the internet site, YouTube. He
faced the media lately and the inevitable question; would he resign?

BOB ATKINSON: I feel very honoured and privileged and fortunate to be able to do this job. I would
like to be able to continue on.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: CMC officers personally took their findings to the Island Community.

VALMAI APLIN, CAMERON DOOMADGEE'S SISTER: Not what we expected but finally might have to get some
closure for us, see that something's been done.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: Last week the Queensland Premier told Parliament the CMC Head had approved the
re-appointment of the Police Commissioner when his contract expires in October.

MARTIN MOYNIHAN: No, I was told of the appointment shortly before it was announced and said I had
no comment.

CHARLOTTE GLENNIE: The Opposition now wants an investigation into whether Anna Bligh deliberately
mislead Parliament.

Charlotte Glennie, Lateline.