Ms Looney is upset by the treatment her daughter had received from MCG security – who told her family to remain seated as they ejected Julia – and police detaining her for what she said was two hours.
Ms Looney is the mother of the 13-year old that was escorted from the MCG on Friday night.
CL makes the point:
I’m sure ‘interviewing’ a child without adult representation is also illegal.
Removing a minor from the custody of her guardians? Then there is this:
“It was ridiculous that she was in there for so long. For two hours they interviewed her over her saying, ‘You’re an ape’,” Ms Looney said.
It gets worse (emphasis added).
Collingwood fan _________, 13, abused Goodes with only minutes to go in Friday night’s Indigenous Round game and was ejected from the MCG after a long grilling by Victoria Police.
I think Victoria police, MCG security, the Australian Football League, the Collingwood Football Club, and the Sydney Swans Football club have some explaining to do.
Was the 13-year old girl grilled in the presence of her parents?
How long was the 13-year old girl separated from her parents?
How many policemen were present, at all times, while the 13-year old girl was being grilled?
Were female police officers present at the grilling of the 13-year old girl?
Were the Victoria police officers undertaking the grilling of a 13-year old girl male or female officers?
Were AFL officials present at the grilling of the 13-year old girl?
Were Collingwood Club officials present at the grilling of the 13-year old girl?
Were Sydney Swan Club officials present at the grilling of the 13-year old girl?
Does Victoria Police approve of grilling 13-year old girls in the absence of her parents?
What protocols does Victoria police have for grilling 13-year old girls?
Do those protocols involve separating 13-year old girls from her her parents?
Were those protocols (if any) actually followed while grilling the 13-year old girl?
Does the AFL approve of grilling 13-year old girls?
Does the Collingwood Football Club approve of grilling 13-year old girls?
Does the Sydney Swans Club approve of grilling 13-year old girls?
Let’s be clear about this – the 13-year old was very rude and quite rightly has apologised. Yet there are some important questions to be answered. Being rude does not extinguish your rights. From what I can see a child has been abused and I want to be reassured that this is not the case.