Thursday, June 10, 2010
Another bad apple
Qld. cop stood down after allegedly harassing girl, getting into fight at nightclub on Gold Coast
A POLICE officer stood down over an incident outside a Gold Coast nightclub was allegedly involved in a fight after harassing a young woman.
A witness has told The Courier-Mail, the 39-year-old senior constable was lined up outside Shooters' Lounge Bar at Surfers Paradise about midnight on Saturday June 5, with a group of young friends. He was observed to be "highly intoxicated" when he said to a woman near him "tell my friends I'm too old to be here". She replied, "yes, you are too old".
But he allegedly grabbed her by the arms and repeated what he said, just centimetres from her face. The woman's boyfriend then remonstrated with him and the pair then started scuffling befored the police officer was knocked to the ground. He got up and pulled out his police badge but the fight continued.
Security was called and police arrived who separated the men. The off-duty officer is alleged to have resisted arrest.
The young couple was later called into Surfers Paradise police station where statements were taken. Police have so far not commented on the incident.
The senior constable has been stood down from his position in the North Coast region, while an internal investigation, overseen by the Ethical Standards Command, is carried out.