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Logan Superintendent Noel Powers and Mayor Pam Parker addressing the media at Douglas St, Woodridge.
Logan Superintendent Noel Powers and Mayor Pam Parker addressing the media at Douglas St, Woodridge.

LOGAN Mayor Pam Parker is demanding extra police be reassigned to the city urgently after three nights of violent racial clashes.

On Monday night more than 40 police officers were called to Douglas St in Woodridge after people from the Aboriginal and Pacific Islander communities took to the streets with sticks, fence palings and metal bars.

It was the third night they were called to the street to diffuse tensions.

Cr Parker said her first priority was to meet with police Minister Jack Dempsey to discuss the fast tracking of new officers to the city.

As well as extra police, Cr Parker called for a 'zero tolerance' approach to the disputes.

"My first concern is meeting with the Police Minister and lobbying for additional police resources for Logan," she said.

"There was a commitment of 100 police officers by Premier Campbell Newman in the last election to Logan and the Gold Coast.

"We have got an additional 25 coming on in February but I want to see that at least doubled sooner rather than later.

"I want to develop a zero tolerance for any sort of behaviour that brings our city into disrepute."

Logan's top police officer Superintendent Noel Powers said no charges would be laid over Monday night's incident.

"It was an extremely volatile situation and if we attempted any sort of enforcement action, well it would have just escalated and we may have quite confidently lost control over what was happening," he said.

"I don't anticipate any further charges will be laid."

Supt Powers, who was in Douglas St on Monday working to separate people unarmed when the clashes broke out, described the situation as 'hair raising'.

"It did look terrible and it was a bit hair raising there for awhile but we were able to settle the tensions and separate the parties and work on from there," he said.

"It (the brawl) really kicked off with one person just antagonising the other and the tensions were just that raw that it took just one minor incident to set it off.

"It's a matter of keeping the hot-heads away from each other.

"They're the ones that won't listen to reason or listen to logic and they're the ones that have really kicked all of this off.

"I haven't had a chance yet to reflect on it (his involvement) or how I felt as it was just instinct about what needed to be done.

"I wear a blue shirt just like my officers do."

Supt Powers said the police never envisioned the brawl would get so out of control, but praised the actions of fellow officers who calmed the situation down.

On Tuesday 15 police officers remained at Douglas St, blocking off entry ways to the area.

 


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