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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