Four sacked, 15 face disciplinary action in `racist emails` case
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 23:59
Melbourne: Four Australian police officers have been sacked in connection with the circulation of racist emails and disciplinary action has been initiated against 15 others.

While four have been sacked, one has been demoted, another five have been fined up to 3000 dollars and placed on 12-month good behaviour bonds for taking part, an AAP report said today.

Top police officers were caught in a racist e-mail scandal joking about the electrocution of an Indian train passenger and suggesting that it could be "a way to fix the Indian student problem" in Melbourne.

The emails that were probed contain pornographic, homophobic, racist and violent material.

The police officers of the Australian state of Victoria circulated sickening video footage showing the death of the man, who was travelling on the roof of a crowded train in India, 'The Herald Sun' reported today.

Victoria Police said today it would resume disciplinary hearings this week into the circulation of pornographic and racist emails within the force.

Nine officers will front the disciplinary panel on October 12 and October 15, with six to be heard the following week. Two officers quit rather than face the secret hearings.

In March, a sergeant resigned and committed suicide after being involved in the investigation.

State Chief Commissioner Simon Overland and Premier John Brumby have condemned the actions of the police involved.

Overland described the material as "disturbing, offensive and gross", while Brumby said the racist e-mail was "contrary to the views and values at the heart of the Victorian community".

They have been allegedly circulated by officials of all ranks, including three superintendents.


First Published: Saturday, October 09, 2010, 23:59

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