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A cop on every corner won't stop violence, says John Brumby
AAP July 16, 2009 3:21PM
PUTTING a police officer on every street corner would not have prevented the frenzied bashing of a Melbourne teenager, Victorian Premier John Brumby says.
Luke Adams, 19, suffered serious head and facial injuries when he was knocked unconscious in a Prahran fast food outlet on Monday.
A day later, 25-year-old Canadian national Cain Anthony Aguiar died from head injuries he suffered in a similar attack outside a pub.
Mr Brumby said he was sickened by the attacks but stopped short of announcing any new measures to crackdown on street violence, instead putting the onus on individuals to stop the carnage.
"We could put a police officer on every street corner in Victoria ... It wouldn't have stopped what occurred in the early hours of Monday morning," Mr Brumby said.
"You can't put a police officer in every milk bar, in every Hungry Jacks, in every pub around the state.
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"And so, while we've increased police officers, while we've stiffened up penalties, we've toughened up sanctions, we've sent messages to the community, at the end of the day this is a responsibility for all of us."
Mr Brumby called on the community to take a stand against violence and tell their peers it would not be tolerated.