RACIAL HARASSMENT BY VICTORIAN POLICE TOWARD AN “INDIAN” IS UGLY WHITE PERSON BEHAVIOUR.
All day yesterday dear readers, I felt a heavy sadness settle in my heart, I am still feeling very upset, and shaken by some really nasty “white person” behaviour which can only be described as racist, toward someone who is different, that is my gentle partner Suki (pictured) When you look at the photo of Suki taken with his mum for whom he is the only carer, does he look to you like a law breaker? Does he look like a dodgy dishonest liar, who makes trouble? Just in case you do think that my nerdy boyfriend looks dangerous, and on top of being carer for his elderly and dependent mum, on top of that he has a stressful and responsible job, designing IT systems for one of our major banks. Last week was a particularly stressful week as one of the projects he is running is running over budget, and he has to get to the bottom of it. He really needed a nice dinner on saturday night after all that. It was a terrible night. First of all he ended up paying $150 for a pretty ordinary meal, and then, but worse was yet to come when he was subjected to some particularly ugly abusive behaviour, harassment, and unnecessary agression by our Victorian Police Force down in Northcote.
We were driving home, and saw the police, and breathalyser unit, and poor Suki panicked (as one usually does when one sees the police). He pulled into a driveway, rather than driving through the breathalyser. This is not to say that he was going to refuse to do so he was just rattled and we all make mistakes. We are sorry for that, and he did apologise.
The police were so nasty, and have never seen anything like it (except by the mafia in movies). When I worked in Kuwait, even the Kuwaiti police never spoke to the Indian labourers (who were considered the low of the low) the way this officer barked at poor Suki.The officer was clearly on a power trip which I could understand if we were rude, or disobedient.
Suki is from Singapore, and his father “Inspector Singh” was a very violent man who used to beat his family when Suki was a boy. Also because he was raised in Singapore, Suki had to spend time in the army, having the fear of god barked into him by a very rigid system social system of which he was at the bottom because he was a Sikh. So last Saturday night, he was so rattled that he did not know what he was doing and now he is further damaged by some unnecessary aggression.
As he pulled over, 3 policemen with torchlights ran out as though we had just committed a murder or an armed robbery. An extremely nasty white policeman screamed at Suki, and accused him of avoiding the breathalyser, then started interrogating him. Suki was so bamboozled that he could not answer, so I answered the questions that he lived in Doncaster, and that he had had 2 glasses of wine with dinner and was going now to Coburg. The policeman rudely and angrily screamed at me, saying “I am talking to him”.
“I am trying to help you” I stated and your behaviour is very aggressive. What is your name?” I asked. He refused to tell me. Poor suki was shaking and aplogising, so belittled and shamed was he with all sense of honour taken away. He then proceeded to drop the breathalyser unit. “Blow”, screamed the policeman.
I wonder what the policeman would have done to Suki if I had not been there to question his hostility, which upon reflection was clearly racist in nature. In the past my dealings with the Police have been civil, but now that I was with a “brown man” it seemed that things are different.
I returned later, to try and find out who this policeman was, and why he had need to behave so inappropriately. Yes, we had clearly made a blunder, but we were being compliant. The police do have a job to do, but we do not pay taxes for them to harass, shame and belittle us, or other ordinary folk who are rattled but compliant. Suki is the only person I know who is often pulled over by the police and interrogated and even frisked (he is seriously such a nerd, and drives an old clapped out Magna), which leaves me to deduce that his brown skin is the only reason for such aggressive and abusive behaviour.
When I returned to the site half an hour later, I spoke to a policeman named E. Brown. who sat in his car chewing gum with an incredible unyielding attitude. Instead of being helpful, he started to interrogate me in a very condescending arrogant manner, asking me what we had been pulled over for. He was not going to entertain my issue at all, and I was clearly wasting my time. I told him that his unhelpful attitude explains why so many people hate the police and I hope he is happy with being the cause of such bad relations. i.
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