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Chris Hurley stood down pending hearing

CONTROVERSIAL former Palm Island cop Chris Hurley has been stood down from ­official duties.

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Chris Hurley who killed Mulrunji on Palm Island in November 2004 has been stood down

The Queensland Police Service yesterday issued a brief statement saying a 47-year-old senior sergeant from the south eastern region had been ­suspended.

Several police sources said Senior Sergeant Hurley’s suspension was linked to an incident last weekend, followed by an allegation made against him early in the week. It is bel­ieved the incident did not rel­ate to his job as a police officer.

RELATED: HURLEY FOUND TO BE ACTING OUTSIDE DUTIES

Sen-Sgt Hurley, now based on the Gold Coast, was the off­icer at the centre of the Palm Island death in custody riot in 2004 and has been serving a suspension after an internal ­investigation on a separate matter earlier this year.

He and his junior partner, Senior Constable Barry Wellington, were stood down after a police chase at Pacific Pines in May. The officers allegedly opened fire on a vehicle containing a couple police said were wanted for offences ­including an alleged violent tomahawk bashing and robbery of a taxi driver.

After a separate incident in December 2014, a court found Sen-Sgt Hurley had acted ­unlawfully and outside his duties. Luke Cole was accused of pushing Sen-Sgt Hurley over a roadside guardrail but the serious assault charge against him was later dismissed.

Sen-Sgt Hurley was acquitted of manslaughter in 2007 over the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee, which had sparked a riot on Palm ­Island three years earlier.

Paul Weston

http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/senior-coast-cop-chris-hurley-stood-down-pending-hearing/story-fnje8bkv-1227646405017

 

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