By Mark RobinsonThe Australian Federal Police have confirmed that it will take action against a man for alleged racial discrimination after a video of him allegedly verbally abusing a woman went viral on social media.
In the video, posted by a user on Reddit on Tuesday, a woman was asking the man for help when he was told by her to ‘shut up’.
The man allegedly told the woman that she was racist and said he was going to beat her up because she is white.
The woman said she has suffered racial discrimination in the past and was not happy with the police response.
She told the police officer she wanted to ‘make a statement’ in support of the woman.
The officer responded by saying ‘you are welcome to bring a complaint to us’ and said ‘if you do, we will take your complaint to the Human Rights Commission of Australia’.
She also reportedly told the officer ‘you need to shut up’ to which he responded ‘okay, I will shut up now’.
A statement from the AFP said: ‘The AFP will be taking the complaint to Human Rights Commissioner of Australia in relation to this incident.
The AFP would like to remind the community that it is important to respect the privacy of individuals and this includes their rights to peaceful protest.
The complainant is an individual and does not need to be contacted.
The APC will also be liaising with the Queensland Police Force to assist them in their investigation and will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to ensure the rights of all individuals are protected.
The Queensland Police Service has since issued an apology to the complainant, saying they ‘made a serious error’ in not immediately intervening.