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Family of slain officer want 'big changes' from Queensland Police



The family of slain officer Senior Constable Brett Forte want "big changes" from Queensland Police following the release of the coroner's findings.

Ricky Maddison fatally shot Forte after he was lured down a dirt road in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, on May 29, 2017.

Coroner Terry Ryan said there were several systemic factors that may have contributed to 42-year-old Forte's death and it was possible the fatal shooting may have been prevented.

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Forte's brother Luke told 9News he he thought the Queensland Police Service had gone about their business in the wrong way.

"I can't bring my brother back, that's the way it stands, but how do we learn from what's happened to him," Luke said.

Luke said he found out the findings were being handed down in the news.

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Rick Maddison died in a hail of bullets last May after killing police officer Brett Forte.

"They will say that's the lawyer's or barrister's job to come and tell you, but at the end of the day you tell the family of the victim."

He said he thought "big changes" were needed to be made in the police service.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said she met with Senior Constable Forte's wife Suzie a few weeks ago.

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The late senior Constable Brett Forte was remembered in the awards list.

"I know she's been supported by a lot of people but she expressed her disappointment at people that didn't support her and to me that's unacceptable," Carroll said.

"I think we need to have a look at that into the future because I still want to work through the concerns she has."

Delivering his inquest findings on Tuesday, Ryan said there was a "significant failure of leadership" during the pursuit and missed opportunities to arrest Maddison before the shooting.

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