Sydney state MP Alex Greenwich has called for urgent action to repair relations between the LGBTI community and police following revelations that two high-profile incidents after this year’s Mardi Gras involved the same police officer.
“Both cases are still before the courts and it is important that they continue to expose the facts of what happened. The community will want appropriate action to be taken,” Greenwich said in a statement released this morning.
Greenwich again called on the state government to establish an independent body to investigate allegations of police misconduct, which are currently handled internally.
“The government needs to seriously consider the community’s call for an independent oversight body to investigate such matters. I will work with all those involved to ensure the approach to policing at Mardi Gras and Police relations with the LGBTI community continues to improve.”
Greenwich also called for a community forum bringing together LGBTI community members and representatives of NSW Police, although it is not clear how the forum will be substantially different from a similar one in March, where almost 300 people gathered to voice their concerns about a heavy-handed police presence at major LGBTI events.