Shocking audio has surfaced of police officers and security officers allegedly engaged in discussions involving racial slurs and abusive jokes against Indigenous Australians.
Brisbane Watch House officer Steven Marshall has broken his silence with scathing allegations against his colleagues and the Queensland police as a series of recordings were released publicly for the first time.
The whistleblower is deeply troubled by numerous conversations in his presence about people of color being held in the facility, including Indigenous Australians and other ethnic nationalities.
The recordings have been submitted to the Queensland Commission of Inquiry into police responses to domestic and family violence, with a final report due to be issued Monday.
In one of the recordings obtained by the guarda black inmate is called ‘a gorilla in the mist’ because jokes are made about a female native inmate who ‘won’t give you a fucking blowjob’ as she walks her to her cell.
Another disturbing, expletive-filled audio recording can be heard mocking “a black guy who speaks Italian.”
A whistleblower has made scathing allegations against his colleagues at the Watch House and Queensland Police Department as a series of recordings leaked (stock image)
“You know it’s funny when you hear a very, very black man speaking Italian, it drives me crazy,” a police officer jokes.
His colleague added: ‘Asians who speak Irish would be better.’
The first police officer continues: ‘Even in [phrase removed] there are fucking black guys running around everywhere. I said to my cousins ’what the f***?’. They’re waiting outside damn supermarkets and they’ll follow you and they’ll fucking try to rob you and I guess… just grab them and beat them up and bury them. Bury them. Mate, nobody would know.’
In another taped conversation about population growth in Africa, agents wondered how they continue to breed when women and children starve.
The discussion ends with a vicious reference to the deadly Ebola disease.
“I don’t know how they get the strength to breed. They have no water or food. How do they get through a pregnancy?’ says an officer.
‘The women are getting pregnant. How are they doing?’
His colleague added, “Not by choice.”
A third replies, “Mate, they come first. The man comes first, the children come second, the women third.’
The first says, “Ah, better outcome, you’re not breeding.”
Another added: “Let’s hope Ebola works.”
Audio recordings have been released of alleged racist remarks and abusive jokes between Brisbane Watch House officers (pictured)
Other recordings include jokes about an officer’s desire to ‘skull’ protesters, discussions about fears of ‘outbreeding’ by Muslim immigrants and Japan’s immigration policy
“You can move to Japan and be Muslim, but the Quran there has to be in Japanese so that any federal Japanese officer can look at what you have, open it and read the book,” one officer told his colleagues.
One replied, “And they also refuse to settle refugees, and they don’t get citizenship.”
A third adds: ‘Yes, because Japan comes first. But Australia, damn it, just open up – spread the cheeks and let them fuck us.’
The whistleblower has expressed serious concerns about the culture at Brisbane Watch House, despite working with ‘hundreds of good officers’.
Marshall told The Guardian that multiple complaints about the alleged behavior were not taken seriously through the formal channels.
He also claimed that he was reprimanded by his superiors for speaking out and now suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Queensland Commission of Inquiry’s findings into police responses to domestic and family violence will be released this week
The Queensland Police Ethics Command has launched an investigation that will also review previous complaints.
“The QPS values culture and diversity – inappropriate language against the First Nations community is completely unacceptable,” a statement read.
“The QPS encourages all members who witness or experience inappropriate behavior in the workplace to come forward immediately and report the matter internally.
“The QPS has implemented new oversight measures as part of an ongoing review of its local management solution system and is committed to improving its response to inappropriate behavior in the workplace.”
The whistleblower is deeply troubled by numerous discussions by his colleague from the guardhouse and the Queensland Police (pictured)