Queensland Police Service defends officer who pulled
Taser on man with 'bikie' tattoo
Updated about 2 hours ago
Senior Queensland police have defended the actions of an
officer who pulled a Taser on a tourist, who had a neck tattoo allegedly
linked to an outlaw motorcycle gang, during a routine traffic stop on
the Gold Coast.
The Victorian man had refused to hand over a mobile phone he was using
to film the incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon at Broadbeach
The footage has since gone viral with more than 1.7 million views and
34,600 shares on Facebook.
"Just drove out of Gold Coast airport, I have no club gear on at all
they simply seen me and my partner Hayley at a red light noticed a 13
tattooed on my neck and pulled us over made us get out of car," a note
accompanying the video read.
The incident is now being reviewed by the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
Assistant Commissioner Brian Codd said the man was stopped because he
had a neck tattoo from an outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG).
"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 said.
"It was coupled by other indicators upon interception about
paraphernalia that relates to an outlaw motorcycle gang."
Assistant Commissioner Codd said the officer drew her Taser because she
was concerned for her safety.
"What we are seeing is a video from one person's point of view," he
"What we are not seeing is what is happening in the eyes of the officer
"There are some circumstances of what we will allege that the man did
that gave rise to a concern about the safety of that officer.
"That was the purpose of the Taser being presented."
In the video, an officer is heard telling the Victorian couple: "We have
legislation down here where as, if we identify a potential member of a
criminal motorcycle gang we have the power to stop, detain and search
When asked if the tattoo was the only reason he was pulled over the
officer replied: "Yep, absolutely."
The man then refused to hand over his mobile phone.
The footage ends with the officer aiming her Taser at the man.
The man was subsequently searched by male officers who attended the
A QPS media release said while the matter was being reviewed, they had
not received a complaint in relation to the incident.
"No offences were detected and no further action was taken against the
man and the female driver," the media release said.