Censorship row erupts in council ethics meeting over police racism post

Brisbane City Council’s Labor opposition has raised concerns about the censorship of elected representatives’ views during a meeting of the local government’s ethics committee that resulted in a Greens councillor being reprimanded for criticism of the police.

The meeting was called on Tuesday for a case involving Greens Gabba councillor Jonathan Sri’s online comments last year describing Australian police as “racist and violent” when sharing a video of a NSW police officer’s alleged assault of a 16-year-old Aboriginal boy last year.

Cr Sri was reprimanded for comments about police.

NSW police placed the officer on restricted duties in June 2020 after footage of the arrest surfaced and charged him with assault occasioning…

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