Cop who claimed he was bullied is sacked after extraordinary rant


Cop who claimed he was bullied by fellow officers is sacked after extraordinary rant calling his boss a ‘c**ksmoker and a coward’ and threatening to ‘blow his brains out’

  • Senior Constable James Treanor sacked after explosive rant about his boss  
  • Public nuisance charges were previously dropped on first day of his trial 
  • Video played in court shows him calling Ass Comm Brian Wilkins a ‘coward’
  • Sen Const Treanor was demoted, transferred and is set to be medically retired 

A senior police officer who was filmed unleashing an explosive rant aimed at a top Queensland cop after a mental health event has been booted from the police force. 

A public nuisance charge against Senior Constable James Treanor was dropped at the first day of trial over the expletive-ridden tirade outside the Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast on March 20 2019. 

Video footage of the incident shows the officer calling Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins a ‘c****smoker’ and a ‘coward’ with a court also hearing he threatened to ‘blow his brains out’. 

However, police bosses still used the incident, in which he can be seen offering other officers to take his gun, as grounds to demote him, costing him $10,000 in pay, and to forcibly transfer him. 

Senior Constable James Treanor was sacked over an expletive-ridden tirade filmed outside the Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast on March 20 2019

Senior Constable James Treanor was sacked over an expletive-ridden tirade filmed outside the Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast on March 20 2019 

A disciplinary ruling at the Southport Magistrates Court last month found that while the officer was suffering from a ‘major depressive’ episode it did not excuse his ‘inappropriate conduct’. 

The ruling also noted the incident had ’caused significant media scrutiny’ which ‘reflected adversely’ on Queensland Police, The Courier Mail reports. 

His six-month demotion is to be suspended later this month after he was retired on medical grounds after 14 years with the police. 

The retirement is in effect a week before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission is to wade through bullying allegations levelled by the officer at other cops. 

Sen Const. Treanor said his career is in tatters and he was looking into his legal options, including a Human Rights Commission complaint. 

He said dealing with confronting situations was expected when joining the police force – but he also expected police management would support any mental health struggles. 

‘You have a mental health breakdown and you’re charged, expected to plead guilty, demoted and medically retired – that’s the QPS response to mental health and human rights,’ he said. 

An officer who witnessed the incident told the court his colleague was having a 'welfare issue' and did not think to press charges

An officer who witnessed the incident told the court his colleague was having a ‘welfare issue’ and did not think to press charges

After the outburst, Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins asked for a misconduct report to be made and the public nuisance charges were pressed and later dropped after he agreed to a caution. 

The incident had unfolded after Assistant Commissioner Wilkins gave a speech at a police mental health breakfast last year. 

Sen Const Treanor approached his boss asking if mental health assistance he spoke about applied to him as well.

Assistant Commissioner Wilkins previously told the court he refused to speak with Sen Const Treanor about personal issues.

The pair shook hands and spoke for just 12 seconds, with Sen Const Treanor telling Assistant Commissioner Wilkins he was upset.

Assistant Commissioner Wilkins asked Senior Sergeant Paul Hunter to follow Sen Const Treanor outside and tell him ‘he can’t talk to me like that’, the court heard.

Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins (pictured), who the explosive rant was aimed at, asked for a misconduct report to be made and charges were laid

Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins (pictured), who the explosive rant was aimed at, asked for a misconduct report to be made and charges were laid

After yelling insults at the Asst Commissioner he can be seen telling the officers he did not want to be followed and offered for them to take his weapons.

‘I asked him if he includes me and he tells me he I am being inappropriate,’ Sen Const Treanor said in the video. 

Sen Sgt Hunter and Sergeant David Dixon told the court they heard Sen Const Treanor threaten to ‘blow his brains out’.

But Sen Sgt Hunter said he never thought about pressing charges because his colleague was clearly distressed.

Sen Sgt Hunter said Sen Const Treanor was ‘very upset’ and saw he was ‘in crisis’. 



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