‘He WAS a bikie’: Police defend female officer who threatened a tourist she had pulled over with a taser after seeing his neck tattoo…

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  • Police officer pulled over ‘suspected bikie’ and attempted to search him
  • Man refused and officers then threatened to Taser him if he did not comply
  • Police say the man’s neck tattoos and appearance raised suspicions
  • Dramatic incident was recorded by the man involved on his smartphone

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Police have defended the actions of an officer who pulled a taser on a suspected bikie gang member when he refused to hand over a phone he was using to film the incident. The Victorian man was with his partner Hayley Van Hostauyen in a vehicle when they were allegedly pulled over at Broadbeach Waters on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Monday afternoon. Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said the vehicle was stopped after the police officers noticed the man had a visible neck tattoo allegedly linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang (OLMG).

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Hayley Van Hostauyen (left) posted a video of her boyfriend being stopped by police due to his neck tattoos

‘There are numerous tattoos that are known through experience to be indicators of OMCG membership, and all I can tell you at this stage is that tattoo was one of those,’ he told ABC News1.

‘It was coupled by other indicators upon interception about paraphernalia that relates to an outlaw motorcycle gang.’

Assistant Commissioner Codd said the female officer drew the taser as a precaution. RAP commander Inspector Shane Holmes told the Courier Mail the actions of his officers were ‘deemed to have acted lawfully and reasonably’.

‘He wasn’t just a random Victorian tourist,’ Insp Holmes said.

‘He and his girlfriend were intercepted by two slightly built female officers who know from experience that bikies carry weapons,

‘It emerged he was retrieving his ID but the officers were not to know this and their actions were completely appropriate in the circumstances.’

In the dramatic confrontation, the police officer threatened the young couple with their Taser

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, Queensland Police said the incident is under investigation.

‘While interacting with the man, he has reached inside the vehicle and one of the officers presented her Taser but did not deploy it,’ a Queensland spokesperson said.

‘All use of force incidents including Taser presentations are reviewed daily at a senior level within Gold Coast District.

‘Male officers subsequently attended the scene to search the man as permitted by legislation. No offences were detected and no further action was taken against the man and the female driver.

‘While this matter is being reviewed, police have not received a complaint in relation to this incident.’

A photo taken from inside Ms Hostauyen’s car shows the team of officers stood behind the bar as they planned what to do

In the video, Mrs Van Hostauyen, a Victorian pre-school teacher, can be heard telling the first officer they are from interstate as she handed over her driver’s license. At that point, the officer who appears to be leading the stop asks them to get out of the car.

As she gets out of the car as requested, Ms Van Hostauyen said: ‘We’re recording our interactions with you so you don’t have to stress’. From there, the video gets ugly, starting when the lead officer explains why they pulled the young couple over. After Ms Hostauyen’s boyfriend asks police if he had been stopped because of the visible tattoos on his neck, an officer replied: ‘Yep, yep…

you’d be aware we have legislation, if we identify a potential member of a criminal motorcylce gang we have the power to stop, detail and search you’. The video ends as the man continues to refuse to be searched, which prompts the officers to threaten him with Tasers

The man then refuses, and asks if he was stopped simply because of his body art.

‘Yep, absolutely,’ the officer replied. The video ends as the man continues to refuse to be searched, which prompts the officers to threaten him with Tasers.

The man also said he wasn’t wearing his ‘club gear’, which could be a reference to clothing worn by outlaw motorcycle gang members.

In a post shared on Facebook, the Melbourne pre-school teacher said police were ‘robbing us of our human rights and dignity’.

‘My phone saves deleted photos and video, so everyone feel free to share,’ the post said.

‘What a great start to our holiday. What a joke.’

In a post shared on Facebook, the Melbourne pre-school teacher said police were ‘robbing us of our human rights and dignity’. ‘My phone saves deleted photos and video, so everyone feel free to share,’ the post said

The video, published on Facebook, has been viewed more than 2.1 million times and has been shared on the social media platform more than 30,000 times. In the post, the boyfriend also said he did not have any ‘club gear’ on at the time, but his ’13’ tattoo would have been visible.

The ’13’ tattoo reportedly has significance to some outlaw bikies, and can be used to represent and the letter ‘m’ – which is linked to committing murder.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Queensland Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws were put in place for this purpose, and that officers are ‘doing their job’ by following them.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the VLAD laws were put in place for this purpose, and that officers are ‘doing their job’ by following them

References

  1. ^ ABC News (www.abc.net.au)

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