The Courier-Mail

Ten­sions high over race and gay row

- GREG STOLZ JEREMY PIERCE

SE­NIOR po­lice have moved to quell a re­volt at a Gold Coast po­lice sta­tion over a ho­mo­sex­ual and racial dis­crim­i­na­tion row em­broil­ing the of­fi­cer-in­charge.

In more prob­lems for the Coast’s po­lice brass, an of­fi­cer who ex­posed the al­leged theft of nude photos from a crime scene will next week take court ac­tion for al­leged vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

Ten­sions have been run­ning high at Coolan­gatta po­lice sta­tion af­ter Se­niorSergea­nt Troy Lehmann la­belled one of­fi­cer “gay” on the ros­ter and noted an in­dige­nous of­fi­cer was “Abor”.

Both of­fi­cers com­plained to the Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mis­sion, which last month found Sen-Sgt Lehmann had ar­guably dis­crim­i­nated against the ho­mo­sex­ual con­sta­ble.

Some Coolan­gatta of­fi­cers are be­lieved to be con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion against the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice, which has re­fused to bow to de­mands for Sen-Sgt Lehmann to be re­moved. Se­nior po­lice have backed Sen-Sgt Lehmann as a “fine of­fi­cer” whose per­sonal ros­ter notes were taken from his of­fice with­out his knowl­edge.

Sources said at­tempts were made to thrash out “per­son­al­ity dif­fer­ences” at a meet­ing of Coolan­gatta of­fi­cers at a hall near the sta­tion ear­lier this week.

Mean­while, al­le­ga­tions of Po­lice Ser­vice reprisals against Coast foren­sics of­fi­cer Lyn Jones will be heard in the Queens­land Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal next Thurs­day.

Se­nior-Con­sta­ble Jones al­leges she has been vic­timised and her ca­reer de­stroyed since re­port­ing the al­leged theft of nude photos from a crime scene in the mid-2000s.

 ??  ?? TACK­LED: Ray Cur­rier; and (right) CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent.
TACK­LED: Ray Cur­rier; and (right) CCTV footage of the in­ci­dent.

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