“The Queensland Police Service is there to serve and protect the Queensland community, and particularly those that are vulnerable,” said Mr Doostkhah, speaking today in Brisbane.
“However, this shocking incident of abuse of a young person in custody is a significant breach of trust by Gold Coast police. As the peak body for youth affairs in the state, we call on the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission to launch an inquiry into how our police have got so out of hand.
The State’s Crime and Misconduct Commission received around 1300 assault or excessive force allegations against the Queensland Police Service in 2010/11. The CMC has also conducted several investigations of the QPS in recent years, including into the actions of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and Policeman Benjamin Price.
“It is of particular concern to us that Mr Begic alleges racial vilification and physical abuse by police during the journey back to the Orchid Avenue Station.
“We have been working with refugee, migrant and indigenous organisations for over two decades to stamp out racism in this state. To hear that the Queensland Police Service continue to be complicit in racist acts shocks us deeply, and we hope that this compels all Queenslanders to act.”
For comment, contact YANQ Director Siyavash Doostkhah on 07 3844 7713.
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