VicPol investigates offensive Wikipedia edit linked to police IP address

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An IP linked to Victoria Police was caught editing the Gulidjan’s Wikipedia page to a watered-down language used to describe the genocide of the tribe, whose language was almost completely wiped out as a result of colonization.

Victoria Police confirmed to PEDESTIAN.TV they are investigating the alterations.

“Victoria Police have been made aware of changes to a webpage which have been linked to a Victoria Police IP address.

“We understand that the conduct that allegedly took place is both inappropriate and offensive to Indigenous people,” a police spokesperson said.

twitter user Strewth (@StrewthQueen) highlighted the changes and looked up the IP address responsible for making the connection to Victoria Police. PEDSTRIAN.TV was able to independently verify the user’s account.

The article had previously pointed out that more than 300 Aboriginal people had been “murdered by white people” and called the attacks an “invasion”. The almost anonymous editor changed the first sentence to “death” and removed the word invasion in favor of a more neutral sentence.

The publisher said they made the changes on Christmas Day “due to accused policolly (sic) incitement to hatred of the early colonial period of white settlement.”

The changes have since been rolled back.

First of all, can I say: lol. There is irony in defending white supremacy in such a pedantic and mean-spirited way but being unable to spell “politically.”

Secondly, it’s pretty screwed up considering the police’s association with Blak’s deaths in custody, racial profiling and the fact that it’s generally an institution that champions the Australian white supremacist state. So it’s not great to hear that some people at VicPol, potentially officers themselves, believe that saying Europeans killing Native people en masse is nothing more than “incitement.” to hatred”. The attitude you might infer from this position does not inspire confidence that the police are prepared to repair the injuries they are accused of causing.

But credit where credit is due, police admitted the changes were offensive to Indigenous people.

The story of the editor (or the computer used by the editor) also includes making small corrections to neo-Nazis Tom Sewell‘s, the article for Nissan Patrols, and jimmy barnes album For the working class man.

There are some older edits to the page that update information about the Victoria Police Air Wing and also the Rhodesian Air Force. However, these changes were made in 2019.

The Professional Standards Command is investigating the changes, but it’s important to note that this is another example of police officers investigating their colleagues.

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