A reporter has hit out at police after copping a racially-charged slur from an officer while trying to cover a murder case.
ABC journalist Nabil Al-Nashar, was reporting outside court in Parramatta on December 20, when he and his cameraman were asked by a police officer to step onto the sidewalk.
Mr Al-Nashar immigrated to Australia from Qatar with his Egyptian family, having become an Australian citizen on March 9.
After the officer, who was reportedly giggling at the time, looked Mr Al-Nashar up and down, he asked if he worked for the Middle-Eastern broadcaster Al Jazeera and not the ABC.
Mr Al-Nashar reported the incident to NSW Police, and received a response two months later notifying him they had determined ‘misconduct had occurred’.
An ABC reporter of Egyptian heritage, Nabil Al-Nashar (pictured), has slammed police for not apologising for being asked by an officer if he worked for Al Jazeera
Mr Al-Nashar’s only requested an apology from the officer and for him not to be fired.
‘When you first file the complaint, they ask you what outcome would you like to happen?’ Mr Al-Nashar wrote on twitter.
‘I said, I’d like an apology. That’s all. I don’t want the officer to get fired. I didn’t (still don’t) want anything bad to happen to him.
‘Just basic polite behaviour our mothers taught us.
‘When you’re wrong, you apologise & the police acknowledged he was wrong.’
However, Mr Al-Nashar never received an apology only a notification of the officer’s misconduct and ‘proportionate action has been taken’.
The statement to Mr Al-Nashar also stated that NSW Police ‘consider this matter finished’.
The incident is another issue on NSW Police’s plate after an officer killed a great-grandmother after tasering her in an aged care home (stock image)
Mr Al-Nashar revealing the statement could not have come at a worse time for NSW Police who are under fire after an officer tasered a great-grandmother before she died.
Senior Constable Kristian White, 33, drew the weapon on 95-year-old dementia sufferer Clare Nowland, who weighed just 43kg, after she approached him with a knife in the early hours of May 17.
She died at Cooma Hospital in southern NSW about 7pm on Wednesday from injuries sustained during the tasering.
It is believed police will allege in court the officer said ‘no, bugger it’ before firing the weapon.
He was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault on Wednesday evening.
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