Queensland’s Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has chided certain members of the public for their “abhorrent” racially motivated behaviour flamed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Comm. Carroll said Queensland Police had received 16 complaints since March 1.
Wilful damage, public nuisance, robberies, assaults, verbal abuse and graffiti with abusive language are among the offences that have been committed.
“These are racially motivated offences,” Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.
Victims of racist attacks are not always coming forward to report what has happened to them she said, adding they should do so.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said police were cracking down on the behaviour which he added was unhelpful during these trying times.
“There is a level of criticism in the community towards certain groups in our community. That sort of behaviour is unacceptable,” he said.
“This is something that we are all in together. We are all on the same page. We should be out there supporting each other.”
Since the start of the pandemic a number of instances from across the country have been captured on camera and, in some cases, charges have been laid.
In Sydney a teenager was charged after allegedly spitting on and verbally abusing two women in Sydney’s inner-west.
While in early March a man at Brisbane Airport was filmed pretending to cough on people saying “this is the Wuhan cough”.
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