I’m desperate - ex-Cop

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DESPERATE FOR HELP: Former Police officer, Dave Tomasi.

DESPERATE FOR HELP: Former Police officer, Dave Tomasi.

A former Police Constable, Dave Tomasi, who was sacked in a heap of controversy earlier this year, is a desperate man.

In a last ditch attempt to seek help, he is asking for legal help so he could continue what he terms as his “fight for justice.”

Unemployed, penniless and with a child, Mr. Tomasi said he could do with any kind of help – including a job. 

Mr. Tomasi, whose services were terminated before the General Election following a string of incidents – including stopping the Police Commissioner about an alleged parking infringement - approached the Samoa Observer last week, seeking help.

“I know people might think that I have been appearing on the newspaper because I am seeking attention,” he said. “That’s not the truth. I am not.

“I am simply asking for help because I have basically went through everyone that I know - even the Prime Minister but there seems to be no help from anybody at all.

“I want justice to be served because I know I was unfairly treated when they decided to terminate my services as a police officer.”

Mr. Tomasi told the Samoa Observer he was on the verge of a “breakdown” because he does not know where else to go.

“It got to the point where I was thinking of committing suicide because I felt useless, I felt alone and especially I couldn’t provide for my family and my newborn child.

“It feels like I am fighting this battle alone against the whole world which I am by the way, because I am going up against some very powerful people.”

Earlier this year, Mr. Tomasi’s sacking made headlines. The matter reached Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and the Office of the Ombudsman where Mr. Tomasi lodged a complaint about his treatment. 

Today, the former Police officer maintains that he has received no help at all.

“What really strike me is the unfairness of the whole thing,” he said. “That’s what really bothers me and I can’t seem to move on because I know I did not do anything wrong.

“I was taught during our recruitment that the law is the law and the Commissioner himself told us and the public that no one is above the law.”

Mr. Tomasi went on to say that the only people left are the community and he is asking anyone who can help in any way.

“I don’t know what has happened to my complaint that I have sent to the Office of the Ombudsman, the Prime Minister and everyone else that I know,” he said.

“I haven’t received any update from them so this is why I have come to the media again, maybe then they will finally hear my voice and my plea.”

Mr. Tomasi had threatened to take legal action against the Police but he said he doesn’t have money to pursue the matter.

 “I have gone to the Court again and I told them the truth that I don’t have any money but I just need someone who will listen to me and willing to help me with my case,” he said.

“I am not seeking any attention but simply to get justice and to let these people know that they cannot continue with this kind of attitude.”

Mr. Tomasi is also unemployed.

“Because I was sacked from the Police, no one is willing to give me a job,” he said.

 “I have a newborn child and parents to look after. They all rely on me but I cannot move on because this matter is dragging me down.

“I have been longing for the day this case will be over so that I can move on I hope that there is someone out there who is willing to help me and be able to get to the bottom of this without anyone interfering.”

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