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Six Qld police officers suspended in May


Australian Associated Press

23:18 EST, 21 May 2015

23:18 EST, 21 May 2015

Six Queensland police officers have been suspended in May – an average of almost one every three days.

The latest suspensions involve two officers, including one acquitted for a high-profile death in custody, who are under investigation for engaging in an unauthorised pursuit and inappropriate use of force.

Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and his partner Senior Constable Barry Wellington were involved in a dramatic car chase through Surfers Paradise on Sunday that resulted in the arrest of the alleged driver Sarah Jane Boyd, 28, and her co-accused Joel Gillard, 19.

The chase has become the subject of an ethical standards probe and the officers are also accused of driving a police vehicle in a manner likely to endanger other road users.

So far in 2015, 16 officers have been suspended, according to the official police blog, which issues alerts whenever an officer is stood down.

Eight of those suspended are from the southeast policing district.

Three officers have been suspended from the central region, while there has been one suspension in each of the northern and far northern districts, road policing command and operations support command.

The reasons for the suspensions vary.

Some involve allegations of excessive force, driving dangerously and serious discipline matters.

One senior constable allegedly maintained an inappropriate relationship with a female complainant, while another constable was stood down in relation to charges relating to a fatal traffic crash.

Confirmation has been sought from the QPS media unit regarding how many of the suspensions are ongoing.

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