TV reporter who picked up ‘Al Jazeera’ insult from cops slams cops for not doing the ONE thing he asked of them
- Egyptian heritage reporter denounces police for defamation
- Was asked by an officer if he worked for Al Jazeera
A reporter has lashed out at police after picking up on a racial slur from an officer while trying to cover a murder case.
ABC journalist Nabil Al-Nashar reported out of court in Parramatta on Dec. 20, when he and his cameraman were asked by a police officer to take to the sidewalk.
Mr Al-Nashar emigrated to Australia from Qatar with his Egyptian family after becoming an Australian citizen on 9 March.
After looking Mr Al-Nashar up and down, the officer, who was reportedly giggling at the time, asked if he worked for the Middle Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera and not the ABC.
Mr Al-Nashar reported the incident to NSW Police and received a response two months later informing him that they had determined ‘misconduct had occurred’.
An Egyptian-born ABC reporter, Nabil Al-Nashar (pictured), has berated police for not apologizing for being asked by an officer if he worked for Al Jazeera
Mr Al-Nashar has only asked for an apology from the officer and not fired him.
“When you first file the complaint, they ask you what outcome you want to happen?” Mr Al-Nashar wrote on Twitter.
“I said, I’d like an apology. That’s all. I don’t want the officer fired. I (still) didn’t want anything bad to happen to him.
“Just basic polite behavior our mothers taught us.
“If you’re wrong, you apologize and the police acknowledged he was wrong.”
However, Mr Al-Nashar never received an apology, only a report of the officer’s misconduct and “proportional action has been taken.”
The statement to Mr Al-Nashar also said that the NSW Police ‘consider this matter closed’.
The incident is another issue on the NSW Police board after an officer killed a great-grandmother after tasering her at a retirement home (stock image)
Mr Al-Nashar revealing the statement couldn’t have come at a worse time for NSW police under fire after an officer tasered a great-grandmother before she died.
Senior Constable Kristian White, 33, drew the gun on 95-year-old demented Clare Nowland, who weighed just 43kg, after she approached him with a knife in the early hours of May 17.
She died at around 7pm on Wednesday at Cooma Hospital in southern NSW from injuries sustained during the taser.
It is believed that the police will claim in court that the officer said “no, motherfucker” before firing the gun.
He was charged with recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault involving actual bodily harm, and common assault on Wednesday night.