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Queensland police let off with a ‘talking to’ after inquiry’s scathing report

Ben Smee reports in The Guardian (21.11.22) about the release of an inquiry report into the organisational culture of the state’s police service which found embedded racism and sexism.

‘Throughout the inquiry into Queensland police responses to domestic violence, the public learned about cases where officers who were found to have engaged in serious racism or sexism were let off with a “local management resolution”, which is basically a stern talking to and a demand to do better in future.

‘Those sorts cases dominated Guardian Australia’s reporting during the hearings and since. There were officers found to have committed sexual assaults, and some staff were also recorded making racist comments, making references to beating and burying black people.

‘“It’s very important that the message is very clear that, if you are making a racist or sexist remarks in the Queensland police service, this is not the job for you,” the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said on Monday.

‘The scathing final inquiry report by Justice Deborah Richards makes it clear the fundamental failure lies at the feet of the Queensland police leadership. But at the conclusion of the inquiry, no one is losing their job.’

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