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WA police accused of taunting US students

Claims that nine off-duty police officers taunted and humiliated American university students from Perth's University of Notre Dame about the US involvement in Iraq are being investigated by West Australian police.

The incident occurred last Tuesday in Fremantle, when drunken police officers, seven from WA and two from NSW, forced the students to kneel on the ground at their dormitory at Notre Dame University.

It is one of several being investigated by police after a wild night in the port city.

It is believed the abuse of the US students erupted after a fight at a nightclub. During that incident, one of the WA officers was allegedly assaulted by one of the students and had a tooth knocked out. Enraged, some of the drunken officers tracked the American down to the university.

It was there that several American students, including some who had nothing to do with the clash, were made to kneel on the ground. It is believed the taunting included comments such as "Yankees go home", "What are you doing in our country" and "What are you doing in Iraq".

The university's acting vice-chancellor, Professor Peter Dallimore, said he would not comment because a student had been charged with assault and the matter was under investigation.

WA Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she was appalled at the allegations.

WA police accused of taunting US students (The Age 31/5/04)

Gallop unhappy about police harassment allegations (ABC 30/5/04)
US consulate to examine WA police harassment claim (ABC 29/5/04)
Drunken police raid US students (The West Australian 29/5/04)
Claims cops humiliated students (Herald-Sun 29/5/04)
Police Service Western Australia
Notre Dame University Australia

31 May 2004