News, Culture & Society

Indigenous TV host Karla Grant claims racially profiled by police buying wine in Northern Territory


Buying or leasing a car in the UK? Check MOT of car before you do.

‘She was implying I was a grog runner’: Indigenous TV host claims she was racially profiled by police while buying a bottle of wine in the Outback

  • SBS host Karla Grant said she was stopped by police at a BWS in Alice Springs
  • Grant said the officer asked her for her ID but her companion wasn’t asked 
  • She claimed the officer thought she was illegally buying alcohol to re-sell  

An indigenous TV host claims she was racially profiled by a police officer while buying a bottle of wine in the Northern Territory.

Karla Grant, the host of SBS program Living Black, said she was targeted by a female police officer at a BWS Alice Springs who thought she was illegally buying alcohol to re-sell.

Grant told the Women In Media national conference on the Gold Coast on Friday that what followed was ‘totally racist,’ ABC reported.

‘She focused in on me and said “have you got any ID? where are you staying?” I was so shocked and she didn’t ask for my producer’s ID, she just asked me, she really focused in on me,’ Grant said.

Karla Black, the host of SBS program Living Black, said she was stopped by a police officer in Alice Springs who thought she was illegally buying alcohol to re-sell

‘She said “you know there’s penalties for this?” She was implying I was a grog runner, that I was getting alcohol to take to a restricted area,’ Grant said. 

Grant said the police officer continued to harass her, asking her where she was staying and why she was there. 

The TV host said her producer was ‘fuming’ from the police officer’s attitude.  

‘He was like “oh my God, this is so racist”. I happened to run into a friend who was coming into the alcohol store as well and I told him what happened and … he said “it happens to us all the time”.

Grant said that while racism in Alice Springs is on the decline, it’s still an underlying problem within the community. 

Northern Territory Police said they weren’t ‘aware’ of the incident. 

Grant said that when driving around Sydney and other big cities, she will detour to avoid police cars out of fear of being harassed.

She said being racially targeted by police is common concern for indigenous people.

Grant said the police officer continued to harass her, asking her where she was staying and why she was there

Grant said the police officer continued to harass her, asking her where she was staying and why she was there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


Comments are closed.