Raw Video of Incident;singing drunk aboriginal video sparks outcry; police racism?
Sydney Morning Herald, 28 january 2009.
Drunk told to sing on police video
A laughing police officer instructed a drunk Aboriginal man in Katherine to sing and dance while he recorded the event, and the footage was later posted on YouTube.
The video shows a heavily intoxicated Aborigine lying on the ground. He starts singing The Rivers Of Babylon at the behest of a police officer who is recording the incident. A second officer then drags the man to his feet while the officer behind the camera laughs and tells him to dance and say "Happy Birthday, Blake".
The man, who is staggering and appears close to falling, continues to sing and dance about in a circle before being directed towards a police car.
The first officer then turns the camera on himself and says: "This shit is f-----d up, f----d up."
The video prompted outrage from some online viewers. "Disgusting is not the word for this," says one blogger.
"I have reported this to the Minister of Police. [I'm] sick and tired of so-called police who abuse their power."
Others described the video as racist and called for the officer to be sacked or jailed.
Northern Territory police issued a statement on Monday saying the officer who recorded the incident had received counselling after an internal investigation found his treatment of the man to be "humiliating and demeaning".
The statement said the matter was investigated in December by the Ethical and Professional Standards Command.
"A member was counselled and police acknowledge that the making of the video and posting it on YouTube was highly inappropriate," said a police spokeswoman.
She said the second officer had not been reprimanded.
The person who posted the video, who appears not to be one of the police officers involved, told online critics he would take it down if the Aboriginal man asked him to.
"But I'm more than certain he would rather his 15 minutes of fame," he wrote. "It's what he did that made it funny - not the colour of his skin."
NT police said a number of attempts had been made to remove the video from YouTube, but they had been unsuccessful.
from ITN:Apology for film of drunk Aborigine
Updated 21.38 Tue Jan 27 2009
Keywords: aborigine, youtube, northern territory, australia
An Australian police force has apologised after officers made a drunk Aboriginal man sing and dance.
The officers filmed the man lying on the ground intoxicated in the outback town of Katherine before two officers told him to begin singing Rivers of Babylon, dragged him to his feet to dance and then made him sing Happy Birthday.
Northern Territory police issued a statement on Tuesday saying an internal investigation had found the treatment of the man, named only as "Chappy", to be "humiliating and demeaning"One laughing officer filmed the 2006 incident, shots of which were posted on the video sharing website YouTube, before turning the camera on to himself and uttering several obscenities.
Northern Territory police issued a statement on Tuesday saying an internal investigation had found the treatment of the man, named only as "Chappy", to be "humiliating and demeaning".
The officer who filmed the event has been reprimanded and the police have tried to have the clip, which some viewers called "disgusting" and "racist", removed without success, the force added.
Northern Territory Government minister Rob Knight said: "It's clearly unacceptable and something that we cannot tolerate here in the Territory."
Australia's 460,000 Aborigines make up about 2 per cent of the population.
They experience higher rates of unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence, and have a life expectancy 17 years shorter than other Australians.
Tags: police, racism, drunk, Aboriginal,
Location: Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia (load item map)
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