The Queensland deputy police commissioner says there will be ramifications for any officer who has done the wrong thing in a private Facebook group being investigated for sexist, racist and homophobic posts.
Only on-duty and former Queensland police officers are allowed to join the Defend the Blue Facebook page, which has 3,500 members, reports The Australian.
Created a year ago by a senior official, the page contains a number of posts criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement and supporting Northern Territory police officer Zach Rolfe, who is charged with the alleged murder of indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker is on trial.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll (pictured) has ordered an investigation into a Facebook page for past and current Queensland officials called “Defend the Blue”.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and other members of the state government also criticize some of the controversial contributions.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has ordered an investigation into the site and has asked “passive members” who have not posted to leave the site.
“The content that was brought to my attention is incredibly worrying, disappointing and definitely does not reflect the values of our organization or the majority of our employees,” she wrote in an email from The Australian.
“Due to the nature and content of the posts, I must investigate and take appropriate action to stop further posting this highly inappropriate and objectionable material.”
Commissioner Carroll has urged those passive members who have yet to post to leave the group and said that action will be taken to stop posting this offensive material
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the force “as an organization” was disappointed with the existence of the Facebook page.
He said that any official found to have done something wrong would face the same consequences as any member of the public.
“This matter is being investigated,” Gollschewski told reporters.
“But I’m happy to say that we expect our cops to be absolutely professional and appropriate at all times, and anyone who has done the wrong thing can expect exactly what I say about the community: do the right thing , otherwise there will be consequences. “.”
Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said officials found to have done something wrong will face the same consequences as any member of the public would
It is unclear whether the results of the investigation or any disciplinary action taken against members of the group will be released, as the Queensland Police media have not responded to AAP’s questions about the investigation.
Mr. Gollschewski would not comment on whether the site reflected a deeper cultural problem for the 12,000 officers of the Queensland Police Department.
“They say that, like any company, we face some of our employees from time to time and we need to address them,” he said.