The Brisbane Region has informed the Ethical Standards Command about an incident that allegedly occurred in Fortitude Valley overnight involving three officers and a member of the public, and it is currently being investigated.
“It is important that members of the community have confidence in their police, and that is why all members of the Queensland Police Service are expected to act professionally and ethically in accordance with the Service’s high standards at all times,” Brisbane Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Allan McCarthy said.
“The initial investigation is based on the viewing of a video uploaded to YouTube which has since been removed by the user.
“The Queensland Police Service would like to encourage the person who took the video to contact the Service and to provide the original video and any further information in relation to this incident.
“In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, the QPS regularly informs the public about investigations of this nature.
“This does not mean any allegations or complaints about the officers have been substantiated at this time and it is important not to pre-empt the outcome, however the circumstances will be investigated thoroughly to determine if the officers have acted in accordance with the high expectations of the Service.
“Policing can be a complex and dangerous job, and the Service also provides officers with appropriate training to deal with a range of situations, and that is why the QPS has a set of guidelines that govern the use of force options available to officers.”
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24hrs a day.