Video Of Police Detaining Journo "Off His Chops" Concerning
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has conceded she was "a bit concerned" after watching footage taken by an ABC journalist who was detained by police and accused of being on drugs.
Brisbane police reporter Josh Bavas, who claimed he simply had a cold, recorded mobile phone footage of the incident at a Bunnings store in Oxley, in Brisbane's southwest, on Saturday.
Since posting the clip in which he is accused of being "off his chops", the ABC reporter has called the exchange a "strange misunderstanding".
All's well that ends well. May have had something to do with my red shorts and green shoes. Now back to building a retaining wall.— Josh Bavas (@JoshBavas) August 13, 2016
"I watched it and I was a bit concerned," Ms Palaszczuk said on Sunday.
"I want to pay tribute to all of our police men and women out there that are serving our community.
"However, when you are serving our community you also need to respect the community as well."
The premier acknowledged an internal process was under way and said she did not want to pre-empt its outcome.
But she said personally filming interactions with police, in some instances, was warranted.
Her comments came after the clip also caught the eye of Ipswich Deputy Mayor Paul Tully, who tweeted on Sunday: "What the betting (sic) nothing happens over (the) incident and that it's quietly swept under the carpet?"
NITV reporter Myles Morgan, who previously clashed with officers himself at an Anzac Day protest in Canberra, also responded to the Queensland footage, tweeting there were "two sides" to every story but noting an "unprofessional, intimidating side".
The ABC reporter, who appears to have now deleted the original tweet, had claimed he was stopped because he was waiting in the car park near a vehicle containing a group of people who were of Aboriginal appearance.
For the record, it's all water under the bridge. Police have a job to do. Won't be following this any further. A strange misunderstanding.— Josh Bavas (@JoshBavas) August 13, 2016
A Queensland Police Service (QPS) spokesman said they were aware of the footage on Saturday.
"In keeping with our commitment to high standards of behaviour, transparency and accountability, senior officers have reviewed the footage and are examining the behaviour of the police involved," they said in a statement.
"The man was not in possession of dangerous drugs and was released without further action taken."
The QPS Standard of Practice calls for officers to "treat everyone fairly and with respect".
Members are also urged to act with integrity and model professional behaviour.
The QPS spokesman did not respond to a question of whether the officers' conduct was in accordance with the document.