Some of the Africans involved in this may not be Muslim (though it is likely that many are, since our main African 'refugee' intake is Sudanese and Somali - the Somalis being of course all Muslims, while I am told by one who knows that even a large percentage of the Sudanese we've received are Muslims even though by rights it is the Christian Sudanese, fleeing a genocidal jihad, who should have had absolute priority) but the Afghans would surely be Muslim to a man. In which case - especially given the recent case of the be-burqa'ed Muslima who was discovered to have deliberately made a wholly false statement about a police officer's conduct - how much credence do we give to these lurid accusations against the police, and pose of persecuted victimhood?
A report from the ABC's Jean Edwards.
'Vic police face racism court action'.
'A group of young African and Afghan men are taking Federal Court action against Victorian police officers, accusing them of racism.
'The police are alleged to have racially taunted, abused and assaulted people at Flemington, Kensington and North Melbourn.
'The group has launched the action against seven police officers and the Chief Commissioner, Simon Overland.
'Lawyer Peter Seidel says the claims are serious.
"We allege that the police named in the statement of claim have carried out various assaults in public places", he said.
"[It's alleged the officers] used excessive force, engaged in unjustifiable searches, unlawfully seized and retained personal property, misused their power, and routinely engaged in racial taunts and abuse."
'The Police Commissioner, Simon Overland, says the claims will be defended.
"Obviously the allegations that have been made are serious and of concern, we will be defending them", he said. (I assume this means, 'we will be defending [the officers against] them' - CM).
"I have no tolerance, no truck with racism in the organisation.
"If any of these allegations were found to be true I would regard them extremely seriously, but at the moment my advice is we refute the claims, we will be defending the claims".
Since the alleged 'assaults' happened in public places, one hopes that there may be security camera or police video recordings for at least some of them. If so, a comparison of any footage with what these Afghan Muslims and their African (Muslim or non-Muslim?) allies or stooges are claiming took place, ought to be interesting. We shall see what we shall see. - CM.