‘I’m in the mood to lose my job’: Confronting moment cops slam a teenage Aboriginal boy in custody into a table and threaten to ‘belt’ three others during foul-mouthed fight
- Five teenage Indigenous boys arrested in the Northern Territory for stealing car
- CCTV shows them being pushed and threatened by police in March 2018
- One boy had his arm twisted behind his back and then slammed into the table
- Another was grabbed by the neck and had his head shoved into charging table
- One of the boys threatened a police officer moments before they pushed him
Disturbing footage shows a police officer twisting a teenage Aboriginal boy’s arm before slamming his body against a table and threatening to ‘belt’ three others.
A group of five Indigenous teenage boys in the Northern Territory were arrested in March 2018 for allegedly stealing a car and leading police on a chase.
CCTV obtained by ABC reveals a tense situation as police officers verbally abused the young boys, who are aged between 12 and 16.
A police officer (middle) threatens three teenage boys if they were to act ‘f***ing smart’
One of the boys had his arm twisted behind his back and his head smashed onto the table before he was thrown back onto the bench
The boys were scattered around the charging room when ordered to remove their shoes and clothing following their arrest.
One boy was at the charging counter when he mumbled under his breath: ‘I’d smack you in the head everyday’.
The police officer on the boy’s right side then immediately grabbed his arm and twisted it behind his back asking, ‘did you threaten me?’.
‘Every day? Every day? Today’s your day you little c***. Don’t f***ing put off to tomorrow what you can do today,’ the officer continues.
‘You can’t f***ing do it, can you, because you’re a little c***. That’s all you are.’
The boy was thrown back on to the bench next to his friends telling him that he’d be ‘knocked the f*** out’ if he threatens a police officer.
The officer then turns to the other boys warning them that if they want to be ‘f***ing smart’ then to be careful.
‘I’m right in the mood to lose my job tonight and I don’t mind losing it over belting the f*** out of one of you little c***s,’ he said.
Moments later, another boy is ordered to place his shorts into a box and as he does, an officer grabs him from behind the neck and knocks his head onto the table.
‘Did you not f***ing listen to what I said you little f***ing piece of sh*t,’ the officer questions.
The boys are left seated for a while before they’re taken away.
Boy in light blue shirt was grabbed by the back of his neck after placing his shorts into a box held by the police officer
The five teenage boys were abused by the police officers, who were later subject to disciplinary proceedings
NT Police said they were legally unable to mention what action was taken toward the two officers but the state’s ombudsman confirmed the pair were subject to disciplinary proceedings.
Lawyer David Woodroffe from North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency said the police should publicly condemn the behaviour.
‘It sends a very concerning message — that this is practice in the Northern Territory by serving police officers,’ he told ABC.
Mr Woodroffe stressed that the outcome of the punishment should be made public to ensure the Aboriginal community that their actions are justified and won’t be repeated.
NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker on Monday said the disturbing footage was a moment of error for the officers.
‘It’s a snapshot of where sometimes we don’t always get it right. I’m not going to throw anyone under the bus here — I think the footage speaks for itself,’ he said.