Australia police reject comparison to US over teen’s arrest
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police are rejecting comparisons to the U.S. after an indigenous teenager was injured while being arrested in Sydney. But a New South Wales government leader said the arrest raised questions about Australia’s race relations and the teen’s family has called for the officer involved to be charged. Police Minister David Elliott said the officer’s response was not unprovoked. A video on social media showed the 16-year-old had threatened to break the officer’s jaw. The officer then pinned the teen’s arms behind his back and kicked his legs out from under him. He fell face-first to the ground. Protests in Australia against Floyd’s death have also called attention to Australian police treatment of indigenous people.