Five elite Australian policemen accused of drunkenly running round an unmarked van in the buff at a series of city traffic lights were suspended pending an investigation, officials said.
The men, members of Queensland’s explosives and hostage negotiation squad, will be probed by an ethical standards committee over the incident in Brisbane during a stag party.
“The investigation relates to officers allegedly running naked around a police vehicle whilst stopped at several sets of traffic lights in Brisbane,” police said.
The men, using an unmarked police van to travel from a stag party event, stopped at least four times at traffic lights to run naked around the bus in a prank known as a “Chinese fire drill.” At least one of the officers was on duty.
The scandal comes after a Queensland policeman was suspended for allegedly urinating in public and another over an unauthorized high-speed pursuit.
The sergeant, acting sergeant and three senior constables involved in the latest incident have been removed from operational duties and will “probably” be disciplined, said Commissioner Bob Atkinson.
Criminal charges of willful exposure, public nuisance and unlawful use of a motor vehicle were also possible, he said.
“We have a problem now. We will fix the problem,” he told state radio. “It doesn’t represent the whole organization. It’s a small group of people doing the wrong thing.”
Queensland’s Police Union has called for the highly trained officers not to be sacked, arguing they were on call 24 hours a day, rarely drank alcohol and that the behavior was “completely out of character.”
“You can’t have that role and then say that we can behave like any yobbo,” Atkinson said.(AFP)
1. pending prep.
在等待...期間 (zai4 deng3 dai4 ... qi2 jian1)，直到...時為止 (zhi2 dao4 ... shi2 wei2 zhi3)
例: The suspect was detained pending a full investigation.
2. prank n.
惡作劇 (e4 zuo4 ju4)
例: The headmaster warned that anyone engaging in pranks would be in serious trouble.
3. sack v.
開除 (kai1 chu2)
例: According to company policy, any employees that ignore the uniform policy run the risk of being sacked.
in the buff
Somebody who is in the buff is naked. The expression can be traced back to the 18th century when soldiers wore buff coats, made of flesh colored material.
Examples: “Orville’s colleagues challenged him to run across the company car park in the buff,” or “I was surprised to see my neighbors walking around their garden in the buff.”
「in the buff」就是裸體的意思。這個說法可追溯至十八世紀，當時的士兵身穿膚色軟皮革外套。
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I’m preparing for my graduation project (5/5) 我正在準備畢業專題（五） A: Congratulations! You successfully completed the presentation of your research paper today. B: Thanks. Now, all that’s left is the product display tomorrow. A: What products is the graduating class going to display this year? B: Our class has chosen several extremely popular products: beer, masks and chocolate. Want to come? A: 恭喜你！今天的研究報告發表順利結束。 B: 謝啦，現在只剩下明天的商品展示。 A: 今年的畢業班要展示哪些商品？ B: 我們班挑選了啤酒、口罩、巧克力，都是蠻受歡迎的產品，你要來參觀嗎？ （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩） Audio recordings for Speak Up! dialogues will be suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.
I’m preparing for my graduation project (3/5) 我正在準備畢業專題（三） A: Once you’ve written up the results, the paper is finished, right? B: Not yet: the final component is a discussion and the conclusion. A: It sounds really complex. B: This final section is the most important part of the research paper! A: 寫完研究結果，報告應該就完成了吧？ B: 還沒完，最後還有結果討論和研究結論。 A: 聽起來好複雜。 B: 這部分可是研究報告的重點呢！ （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩） Audio recordings for Speak Up! dialogues will be suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.