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Australia NSW police officer in viral Indigenous teen arrest video should be charged, family says

07:26  03 june  2020
07:26  03 june  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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A NSW Police investigation is launched into an arrest in inner-Sydney yesterday, in which an officer is filmed NSW Police is investigating one of its own officers , who was filmed kicking and pinning an Indigenous teenager to NSW Police Minister David Elliott said he had been briefed on the incident.

A Liberal MP says he hopes the investigation does its job, as the sister of the teen says the arrested boy was shaken up and distraught. Federal Liberal MP Dave Sharma says he is "alarmed and sickened" by footage of a police officer kicking an Indigenous teenager during an arrest in inner

a person posing for the camera: Officers pin the boy to the ground during the arrest. (Supplied: Facebook) © Provided by ABC News Officers pin the boy to the ground during the arrest. (Supplied: Facebook) The sister of the Indigenous teen who was kicked to the ground during an arrest in Sydney this week says the police officer involved should be charged.

The woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, said the constable's force was "unnecessary and irresponsible" and that her family was feeling "anger and frustration".

"We want to be able to develop better relationships between the police and the youth of our community, and this won't happen if we allow officers to feel they are entitled to abuse us without facing proper consequences," she said.

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Questions have been raised over the New South Wales police 's use of force after a video posted to social media showed an office tripping an Indigenous teenager while arresting him, slamming the boy face-first onto bricks.

A NSW Police officer is being investigated after an Indigenous teen was filmed being thrown to the It shows a NSW Police officer kicking the legs out from underneath a teen during an arrest with the “You just slammed in on his face,” an onlooker says . The teen had just told the officer , “I’ll crack your

"This police officer must be charged so we don't have to deal with another incident like this and I truly hope this is a turning point within our community and the police."

A video of the 16-year-old being arrested in a Surry Hills park on Monday afternoon has been widely circulated on social media.

Whether the officer used excessive force in the arrest is the subject of an internal police investigation.

He has been put on restricted duties.

Human rights lawyer George Newhouse of the National Justice Project said the family had instructed him to launch a private prosecution if charges are not laid.

This morning, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the constable involved "had a bad day" but told radio station 2GB that: "Not for one minute am I saying the officer's actions were correct."

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The video shows the New South Wales Police officer and two colleagues holding the boy down. NSW Police said its professional standards unit would investigate. The incident happened in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills on Monday and came to public attention after it was shared on Facebook.

An indigenous teenager has been released from hospital after being arrested in Sydney following an He was subsequently released without charge . The arrest was captured on a mobile phone, with the NSW Police on Tuesday said the professional standards command was investigating and the

NSW Police Central Metropolitan Region Commander Mick Willing yesterday said officers had a good relationship with the area's Indigenous community.

"Am I concerned about what I've seen in that footage? Absolutely, I am concerned, but I'm equally concerned about others who may use this footage to inflame it and turn it into something that it's not," he said.

The boy's sister acknowledged the incident occurred amid global outrage over the death of African-American man George Floyd while being arrested in Minneapolis.

"What is happening is America has been happening in Australia for a very long time," she said.

"We aren't inciting fear or violence by telling our stories, we are shedding the light again about the way Indigenous peoples are treated.

"This isn't the first time something has happened like this with our people. Maybe this time people will take listen and take action."

The father of the arrested teen invited the group to come together to "bow the knee" as a gesture of support for the current worldwide protests.

"What I want to do is acknowledge the George Floyd family, we are in solidarity with you and what's happening in America," he said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said watching the video cemented her belief that "we still have a long way to go in our country".

Greens MP David Shoebridge, who spoke at today's press conference, said the boy's family represented the "reality of what it means for be a First Nations community member in 2020".

The teen has not faced any charges and sustained minor injuries in the incident.

Indigenous community says officer kicking teenager to the ground not an isolated incident .
Aboriginal rights advocate Shane Phillips says incidents like the kicking to the ground of an Aboriginal teenager by a police officer during an arrest in inner-Sydney is not an isolated incident.It comes as new crime data shows the number of adult Indigenous Australians who end up in court has risen more than 60 per cent over the past decade.

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