About a year and a half ago I was mugged (in a public place in the middle of Adelaide on a Wednesday afternoon). Two white teenage males snatched my handbag and left me with a sprained wrist, several bruises and feeling very shaken. When giving my statement to the police the first thing they asked me was to describe the men, were they ‘Abos’, Africans, Arabs or Asians? When I replied that they were white I was asked if I was sure.
I dropped into the Mitchell Centre [shopping mall in the City centre] to get something for lunch. It was busy as usual. I was walking down the main ‘mall’ section toward the supermarket. There was a young Aboriginal woman walking ahead of me. A police officer (walking in the opposite direction carrying a plastic bag full of groceries, obviously on his lunch break returning from the same supermarket) stopped her, ‘touching’ her arm to ‘ask’ - “What’s your name?” I didn’t hear her reply but her body language suggested she was certainly intimidated if not frightened. The cop then replied (as if frivolously), “Just checking.” And he carried on walking. All in one stride.