Racism, rapes and the increasing pressure on Queensland’s police commissioner

7/10/2022 10:06:00 PM

Racism, rapes and the increasing pressure on Queensland’s police commissioner

Queensland, Australian Police And Policing

Racism, rapes and the increasing pressure on Queensland ’s police commissioner

Police accountability is now a front page issue, due to an inquiry in which dozens of cases have been raised with Katarina Carroll

“I was pretty well attacked by what I’d say was a sexual predator,” she said. “He took me to a forest and started taking my seatbelt off and I started running back towards the station.”“I didn’t know how to react because, on one hand, anyone who goes through that deserves our support. But even after two days of horrific evidence, we still don’t feel seen by the QPS.”

“I know, off the top of my head, five women who have been raped in the job.Must have been a dumb, ugly cunt to rape you.”Commissioner CarrollO’Gorman has purposefully recounted case after case of problematic behaviours and attitudes within the QPS.Carroll also equivocated.

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A ‘toothless tiger’ disbanded Some of the headlines on Thursday surrounded Carroll’s personal experience of sexual harassment and assault early in her career. “I was pretty well attacked by what I’d say was a sexual predator,” she said. A short time later as police were investigating the scene, a silver Mercedes drove through the crash site and smashed into a police car. “He took me to a forest and started taking my seatbelt off and I started running back towards the station. The “distressing” evidence given to the inquiry into Queensland police service (QPS) responses to domestic violence included revelations the police service failed to discipline officers in cases where they were found to have racially abused colleagues, or made racist remarks.” One female officer who has made allegations of sexual harassment and bullying told Guardian Australia of Carroll’s leadership: “It’s possible to be a victim of the culture, and a product of it at the same time. Traffic queues started building about 7am on Thursday on the Eastern Freeway just before Hoddle St.” Read more “I didn’t know how to react because, on one hand, anyone who goes through that deserves our support. One male officer repeatedly harassed a female colleague by sending her unsolicited photos of his penis and a video of him masturbating, while requesting sex from her.

But even after two days of horrific evidence, we still don’t feel seen by the QPS. Just before 9am, all citybound lanes reopened, but there are significant delays all the way from Bulleen Road and surrounding roads remain congested. The inquiry heard about comments made by police officers referring to First Nations people as “black cunts”, “stupid cunts”, “dumb cunts”, “smelly cunts” and “lazy cunts”.” In 2018, a group calling themselves the “senior women’s collective” compiled a dossier of lived experiences of sexism and misogyny. “There is a club of us, unspoken of, unnamed, who either survived or got out of the job,” one woman, whose account was read aloud at the inquiry, said. Credit: 7NEWS VicRoads signal engineers are monitoring conditions and adjusting signals where possible try to ease the delays. “I know, off the top of my head, five women who have been raped in the job. The counsel assisting the inquiry, Ruth O’Gorman, revealed that a sergeant teaching a class of academy recruits had been recorded saying of Indigenous people that “you can smell them before you see them”. “I know of no policewoman who has not been offended against in the job in some way or another.. In submissions to the inquiry, many women said they had a deep fear of reporting the behaviour as they would be called “a dog” and their career would be ruined.

We have minimised the behaviour in order to stay in the job that we love.” The woman, a rape survivor, recounted a senior sergeant saying to her: “What, we have to be precious around you because you reckon you’ve been raped? Fuck. Earlier, the inquiry heard the QPS was handed a dossier from a group of senior female officers in 2018 that detailed their alleged experiences of abuse and a “boys club” culture in which they said sexual assaults and rape were minimised. Must have been a dumb, ugly cunt to rape you.” Another officer chimed in: “They’re all fucked in the head, these bitches.” I know I have significant problems in some of those areas Commissioner Carroll After those women’s concerns were raised, the QPS established Juniper – a special unit tasked with investigating harassment and bullying. One woman who contributed to the dossier gave permission for her story to be mentioned by the inquiry. The officer was demoted in rank to senior constable for 12 months.

It was disbanded two years later, after a report found it had come to be viewed as a “toothless tiger”, because it failed to hold abusive male officers to account. Pressure on the commissioner O’Gorman has purposefully recounted case after case of problematic behaviours and attitudes within the QPS. The inquiry had built a case of a widespread cultural problem. One allegedly told her it “must have been a dumb, ugly cunt who would rape you”. O’Gorman asked Carroll and the police union president, Ian Leavers – who had both previously rejected the notion these issues were widespread – if they now accepted the extent. Leavers said 98% of officers did the right thing. Throughout the hearing, Carroll condemned the behaviour of each of the numerous incidents raised.

He said those officers felt “tarnished as misogynists” and “under siege” by the inquiry and negative media coverage. The woman said when she woke up several men were licking dew off the windows and trying to get inside the car. Carroll also equivocated. “I accept that there are areas of concern, there are individuals of concern, I’ve always accepted that,” Carroll said. “I know I have significant problems in some of those areas and I know that I have terrible individuals doing the wrong thing. For more information see our. “But I can’t tar all those people with the same brush. That officer was promoted to another station, where he was in charge of more staff.

” The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said on Friday she believed the majority of police were doing the right thing, but acknowledged “deep-seeded cultural issues” in the QPS. “I [was] quite distressed hearing those … racist comments and they have no place in a modern Queensland.” Read more Palaszczuk has consistently backed Carroll to lead the QPS through inevitable reforms. But this week’s hearings have unquestionably left the commissioner in a more perilous position. It is understood some senior officers were angered by elements of Carroll’s evidence, in particular comments that shifted blame for decisions – such as the promotion of an officer who had previously made sexist comments, or the resourcing of the state’s specialist domestic and family violence command. She admitted that on many occasions, the female officers “should have been treated better”.

Carroll first opposed the need for the inquiry, then declined to attend. Multiple police who spoke to the Guardian said the commissioner’s job would be “impossible” if she lost the support of rank-and-file officers. But the pressure for real cultural reform is growing. Police accountability is now a mainstream issue, making front-page headlines. Having spent more than a day grilling Carroll about dozens of individual cases, O’Gorman reached a critical point.

“The problem can only be tackled, I would suggest, if it can be frankly acknowledged and stared in the face,” she said to the commissioner. Topics .