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Australian police reject comparison to U.S. over indigenous boy's arrest

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Double standards is epidemic around the world.

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Racists can always deny as usual but action speaks louder than words!

As they da-kine say... " To see is to believe" !

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If I threatened to break a cop's jaw, then I would expect to be taken down and arrested as well.

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The U.S. has NO leg stand on when lecturing anyone about human rights.

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This isn't about race. It's about the threat of violence.

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If I threatened to break a cop's jaw, then I would expect to be taken down and arrested as well.

Arrested, sure. It was a threat. Have your face smashed into the ground though? That is excessive force against an unarmed minor. That much was easy to see in the video. The police created the actual violence in this situation.

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I don't think this case does have much in common with the Minneapolis one.

The case of Cameron Doomadgee, though, an Indigenous man who was killed by a cop on Palm Island in Queensland in 2004, does.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-01/palm-island-riots-qld-government-pay-$30m-class-action-decision/9714640

There are ongoing problems Australia-wide between Aboriginal people and the police. This statistic from the article points to why that might be, although the full story is the usual one - marginalised population, poverty, substance abuse, crime, hopelessness, aimlessness.

Indigenous Australians are 2% of the Australian adult population but 27% of the prison population.

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It's funny how native Americans and the Aborigines were doing fine until the whites invaded their land.

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In General Australian police are much less likely to assault citizen than their US counterparts.

One big difference between the two society's is that Americans can be armed at almost any time in any place, with license's to carry concealed firearms being common. This probably makes the US police have a much smaller tolerance to people. It is clearly a much more dangerous country to live in and a much less safe working environment for US police. Having said that, I think there is a lot of room to improve American police responses to citizens as a whole and for minorities in particular. Once an individual is handcuffed and compliant there is no need to continue the use of force.

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“I reject completely ... that we have similar problems that exist in the United States,” he added.

Not sure about their standings with the police but every Aussie I talked with there had some nsfw things to say about Lebanese people.

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It's funny how native Americans and the Aborigines were doing fine until the whites invaded their land.

So now what?

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So now what?

Not marginalizing them and treating them like humans might be a good start.

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@Pukey

It's funny how native Americans and the Aborigines were doing fine until the whites invaded their land...

Who would you have preferred to invade them?

By the way you ever been into an Aboriganal community if so you mind sharing which ones your experiences?

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Common use English is pretty dumb sometimes. There is no problem comparing the cops of Australia and United the States. The problem might be in EQUATING them.

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It's funny how native Americans and the Aborigines were doing fine until the whites invaded their land.

Well put.The people giving you the thumbs down are either in denial or haven't read up on history. You can include Africa and China and a host of other countries too.And in the name of what again? Where he at?

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Australians being racists?

Can't say I'm surprised.

Just Desillusioned.

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@crapachat How about no-one?..keep it real there bud..price of fish...as if you care....u know this because...Tend to find the ones jumping on the poor aboriganies band wagon never even meet one..So crapachat besides reading your history books have u ever had anything to do with any aboriginies or you thought its troll feeding time..

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pukey2: Not marginalizing them and treating them like humans might be a good start

Well sure but that hasn’t happened. Should the land you mentioned be given back?

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@Northernlife

Personally i’ve met dozens of Aboriginal people, worked quite a bit with them, have a friend who’s part-Aboriginal, been involved in a reconciliation group, and yet I’ve never been in an “Aboriginal community” because everyone I’ve known lives in a city or a regional centre, where just about all of the Indigenous people in my part of Australia live.

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Police said the officer was in the inner-suburb of Surry Hills for an unrelated reason when he struck up a conversation with the boy and his four companions.

The odds were 5 to 1, and a young thug made the decidedly poor choice of threatened to break the police officer's jaw.

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The odds were 5 to 1, and a young thug made the decidedly poor choice of threatened to break the police officer's jaw.

If the odds were so bad you would wonder why the cop would want to escalate the situation to actual violence the way he did.

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J-Dake - If the odds were so bad you would wonder why the cop would want to escalate the situation to actual violence the way he did.

Who escalated the situation? Police officer talks to five people. One moron threatens to break the officer's jaw. Officer arrests the moron who escalated the situation from a conversation to a verbal threat. Threatening to break anyone's jaw is against the law. Threatening to break a police officer's jaw is also against the law. You (not "you") are now under arrest. You can come along quietly, or you can chose to resist arrest. Your choice.

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Who escalated the situation? Police officer talks to five people. One moron threatens to break the officer's jaw. Officer arrests the moron who escalated the situation from a conversation to a verbal threat. Threatening to break anyone's jaw is against the law. Threatening to break a police officer's jaw is also against the law. You (not "you") are now under arrest. You can come along quietly, or you can chose to resist arrest. Your choice.

The police officer escalated the situation from a verbal confrontation to a physical one by tripping him and sending his face into the pavement. He put his hand behind his back and then kicked his legs out from under him causing him to land on his face. He didn't resist. He was in a cuff-able position when the officer assaulted him. Did you actually watch the video?

I agree he should be arrested for threatening someone (not just a police officer) with violence. I disagree that he should be assaulted for words. It was the officer who turned this physical and not the mouthy yet unarmed minor. The cop should be charged with assault as fa as I'm concerned.

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