3:13 pm - 12/14/2012

Australian Police Apologise to Korean Victim, Reinvestigation Begins

Multiculturalism in Australia

Australian Police in Melbourne, where mob attacks on Korean students have occurred, have apologised to the victim for the poor and improper handling of the initial investigation.

Last September, Korean student Mr. Jang (33) was racially attacked in Box Hill Park, Melbourne by about ten caucasian teenagers. Mr. Jang was severely injured, having had a finger severed. Victoria Police sparked controversy by ending the investigation after charging only one person.

According to statements made on the 18th by the Korean consulate and the victim, Mr. Jang, the Victoria Police Department is replacing the policeman in charge of this case, who caused the recent controversy, with a policeman, well-versed in multicultural relations, who will join the new investigation team reinvestigating Mr. Jang’s case.

The police informed Mr. Jang about the reinvestigation and apologized for the poor and unsatisfactory handling of the case and investigation.

Mr. Jang said: “Victoria Police have replaced the officer who caused the controversy with two female investigators who are responsible for multicultural affairs, and they have met with me to convey their apologies.”

Mr. Jang has said that the new investigation team has apologized for the officer in charge who seemed to dump the responsibility on the victim by saying “you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

He added: “The Australian police have accepted our government’s official complaint and showed their volition for reinvestigation. I will give my testimony about the incident to the new investigation team around the middle of next week.”

He also stressed that, judging from the circumstances, this incident was not a simple assault or mugging, but is relevant to general Asian-targeted racist crimes, so he hopes to find the truth through this investigation.

The Melbourne Korean Embassy announced that, in connection with this incident, Mr. Jang was given a 6 month extension on his visa’s expiration date last July.

''THEY lied to me. At first they said the attackers were under investigation. Later they said they didn't know who some of them were.''

Nursing his swollen left hand with its reattached finger, a South Korean student whose pinkie was chopped off during an attack by a group of teenagers has spoken of his frustration with the subsequent police investigation.

The attack on Mr Chang, who is keeping his identity concealed, and a friend while walking through Melbourne parkland at night in September, has generated an outcry in South Korea, where media organisations are questioning whether Australia is a safe place to visit for foreigners.

Two weeks ago, French woman Fanny Desaintjores was threatened by passengers on a Melbourne bus for singing French songs. One man said, ''speak English or die'', while another commuter shouted: ''I'll f---ing boxcutter you right now, dog.''

Over the past two months two other South Koreans, a 33-year-old Sydney man and a 27-year-old man from Brisbane, also have been attacked.

On Wednesday, Mr Chang, who has worked as a designer and is left-handed, said he approached the South Korean consulate in Melbourne for help after becoming increasingly unhappy with police inquiries.

The South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, reported Mr Chang was approached by a group of teenagers who asked for a cigarette. When he refused, they assaulted him while shouting ''f---ing Chinese".

Mr Chang blacked out during the attack and was taken to hospital, where his little finger was reattached.

The newspaper also said Mr Chang accused the police of ''brushing off the assault simply as rowdy teenage behaviour'' and ''refused to inform him of the identities of the other teens". Mr Chang believes it was a racially motivated attack.

He feared his injuries, which included a broken arm, would affect his ability to work in future.

''I feel so embarrassed and humiliated,'' the TAFE student, 33, said. ''I don't want to go outside alone. I haven't even told my family about what happened. They don't know.''

Victoria Police is continuing its investigations after the South Korean government requested it conduct a ''more thorough and fair investigation", capture the perpetrators and compensate the victim.

The Foreign Ministry of South Korea also demanded Australia ''come up with measures to prevent future incidents", the Korean broadcaster KBS reported.

Mr Chang, from Seoul, still believed Australia was a ''safe and good country'', acknowledging every country had its share of offenders. But he said he was ''unhappy'' about the ongoing police investigation.

A spokesman from the South Korean consulate in Melbourne said it had formally requested Victoria Police ''carry out a thorough investigation that will also eliminate perceptions of unfairness and inadequacy from the victim and Korean public''.

Mr Chang said he was told by police he was responsible for the brutal attack because he ''was in the wrong place at the wrong hours'', sparking alarm in South Korea. But the spokesman said that, while police eventually apologised for the remark to Mr Chang, he might have ''misunderstood the intention behind it, taken in the wrong way due to cultural differences''.

Victoria Police said a 14-year-old boy from Doncaster was charged the day after the assault. ''Other suspects have since been identified, interviewed and either charged or released pending summons,'' a police spokeswoman said. ''None of the accused has been charged with any racially motivated crime offences.''

Mr Chang is now seeking compensation through the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was aware of assaults against Koreans.

"The Australian Government and Australian state and territory police forces take very seriously any allegations of racially motivated crime,'' the spokeswoman said. ''Regrettably, crimes occur in Australia as they do in all countries, and it is important to be very careful in reaching conclusions that they are racially motivated.''

Source: koreabang yonhap news
this shit keeps happening in Victoria, first they targets heaps of indian students and now this, the police always say they'll do something about it but nothing has been improved or have countermeasures been placed. Mods i know this isn't kpop but we usually have some serious news right?
chunsakuma 14th-Dec-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Omg, the video of that French woman on the bus was fucking terrifying. I love Aus, but they need to get their shit together with this sort of thing.
muzegrey 14th-Dec-2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Agree the policeman did wrong to this man and needs serious retraining if he is allowed to keep his job, but this stuff happens EVERYWHERE. I don't think people should blacklist a city let alone a whole country for this when it exists in every country around the world.

rosamajalis 14th-Dec-2012 07:43 am (UTC)
I've never come into contact with an Australian police officer that did their job properly. "Wrong place at the wrong time" ... unfortunately, not an uncommon thing to be said here.
The whole country is full of racist assholes. It's awful.
4minutesluts 14th-Dec-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
wow racism in australia

im shocked
21banged 14th-Dec-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
and we're supposed to be 'one of the most multicultural countries'. What a load of bull
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in_noctem 14th-Dec-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
Mr. Jang was severely injured, having had a finger severed.

Oh my god...
21banged 14th-Dec-2012 08:03 am (UTC)
ugh why is my country like this >>

ngl, there are so many rowdy racists in Australia, it's terrifying. Still remember Cronulla riots like it was yesterday :\
4minutesluts 14th-Dec-2012 08:08 am (UTC)
im gonna develop a southern cross tattoo-seeking missile
___varying 14th-Dec-2012 08:15 am (UTC)
The way the police dealt with the case was just plain bad. Regardless of whether they believed it to be racially-motivated, how is severing a finger+breaking an arm merely 'rowdy teenage behaviour'? And how could they ignore the issue by putting the blame on the victim? And how could they end the investigation after only charging one guy out of the obviously-many people involved?
kazu_kumaguro 14th-Dec-2012 08:40 am (UTC)
I'm not saying that this isn't racially-motivated but Melbourne does have long records on rowdy drunk teenage behavior problem.
I believe I read on newspaper that an Caucasian old man (in suburb) was killed last or two years ago by a group of drunkards.
surisays 14th-Dec-2012 09:10 am (UTC)
A lot of Aussie ppl tell me their country doesn't have a problem with racism. Yet every time I visit I experience it, not only towards myself, but other ethnic groups and aboriginies.
kazu_kumaguro 14th-Dec-2012 09:44 am (UTC)
aussie people as in caucasians? of course they can't feel it.
jasmineakaiumi 14th-Dec-2012 09:43 am (UTC)
One of the kids who assaulted him was only 14???? jfc at that age I would still rush home after school to catch cartoons and play video games...
izabera 14th-Dec-2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
//Mr Chang said he was told by police he was responsible for the brutal attack because he ''was in the wrong place at the wrong hours''//
Yes, let's blame the victim, that's really going to take care of the problem.
mjspice 14th-Dec-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
halfslytherin 14th-Dec-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
that's fucking horrible
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