'It's Racism': TV Presenter Claims She Was Harassed By Police For Buying A Bottle Of Wine
Long-time TV presenter Karla Grant claims she was targeted by a police officer for buying a bottle of wine during a recent trip to Alice Springs, in an incident she says was racist.
Speaking to a Women in Media conference on the Gold Coast on Friday, Grant said she went to a local BWS with her producer to get a bottle of wine and some beers after a day of filming, when she was stopped by a female officer at the entrance.
The long-time presenter of SBS's 'Living Black' who was in Alice Springs to film a documentary, said the officer "focused in" on her and asked her for ID, before 'harassing' her with questions about where she was staying and where she was going, the ABC reported.
Grant said she was "shocked" by the incident and claims her producer, who was non-Indigenous, was not asked the same questions and not required to show ID.
"I was pulled over by the police and asked if I was a grog runner,” Grant was reported as telling the conference.
Grant also told NITV that she was repeatedly warned by the officer not to take alcohol into restricted areas.
“I was stunned at the time because that’s never happened to me before,” she told NITV News.
In a statement to 10 daily, Northern Territory Police said it was not aware of a complaint related to the incident.
"Concerns around the enforcement of legislation at Point of Sale Interventions are raised from time to time," a spokesperson said.
"These concerns are investigated thoroughly with feedback provided to those who raise the concerns."
The Northern Territory has some of the strictest alcohol laws in the country, with stringent rules around the times and days when alcohol can be bought and where it can be consumed.
Police Auxillary Liquor Inspectors were also introduced during 2018 liquor reforms which the state government at the time said would "address the rates of alcohol-fuelled crime and violence in our streets."
Auxiliaries are stationed outside bottle shops and have the power to make arrests.
In March this year, their powers were expanded, despite growing concerns the reforms targeted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Grant said the incident two weeks ago was "totally racist".
I think the town has got better in terms of racism but it's still there," the ABC quoted her as saying.
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