Perth: WA Police officer under investigation for racist comments

WA Police launched an investigation into the posts which came from a personal Facebook page.
WA Police launched an investigation into the posts which came from a personal Facebook page.

THE Facebook account from which a man believed to be WA Police officer Terry Bodenham made racist and threatening comments has been deleted, more than five months after a complaint was made.

A personal Facebook page under the name Terry Bodenham commented on a January 26 post about Aboriginal activists protesting to change the date of Australia Day.

“What a pity automatic weapons aren’t legal in this State,” he wrote.

“Oh well, there’s always single shot rifles and sharp knives.

“Your days are numbered.”

In response to a fellow Facebook user who challenged the police officer, Mr Bodenham – who is believed to work in Quinns Rocks – went on with a racist rant.

“I pay taxes so dole-bludging, oxygen thieving pieces of s… like you go from the cradle to the grave with your hand out,” the response read.

“You’re never satisfied with anything: always wanting more and when you’re told no, out pops the racist card.

“I din’t (sic) know who’s worse, the whining black fellas who think the world owes them a living or the white trash that go along for the ride.”

Listed on the page as having working for the WA Government and as a former Royal Australian Air Force firefighter, the man believed to be Mr Bodenham has also worked as an artillery signaller with the Australian Army.

WA Police were alerted to the comments four days after the original post.

The complaint prompted an investigation into the matter, with the page deleted mid-morning on July 24.