Racist Qld police audio leaks investigated

Queensland police officers who made "horrific" racist remarks inside a Brisbane watch house have been condemned by the premier and top brass.

A complaint has been assessed by the force's ethical standards command and referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission after a whistleblower leaked audio recordings.

Officers caught on the recordings could be heard discussing beating and burying black people and raising fears that Australia "will be f***ing taken over".

"There's no place for this kind of behaviour, or these kind of beliefs whether they're real beliefs or they're perceived beliefs, they should not be in our organisation," Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Wheeler told reporters.

Mr Wheeler confirmed the officer who leaked the audio was no longer in the workplace, but said it did not relate to releasing that information.

He encouraged whistleblowers to come forward.

"There's an obligation on police and members of the QPS to report instances of misconduct or breaches of discipline," he said.

The racist language, released by online news publication The Guardian, was secretly recorded in watch house holding cells.

Transcripts reveal police referring to a black detainee as "a gorilla in the mist" as jokes are made about a female Indigenous detainee who "won't give you a f***ing blowjob".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had heard excerpts of the recordings.

"It is horrific," Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.

"Let me say very clearly that there is no place for people who are police officers to be racist in their language."

Mr Wheeler said recent police recruitment has taken a hit, but did not draw an inference between the watch house recordings and enrolment challenges.

"These revelations and this information that comes out publicly, of course it's not helpful," he said.

"But the allegations around those comments does not reflect the broader QPS. It does not reflect who we are. It does not reflect our our values."

Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli said it was important the QPS made necessary changes.

He said the vast majority of police were demanding change.

"They don't want their reputation tarnished by those who are saying and doing the wrong thing," he said.

The recordings were submitted to Queensland's commission of inquiry into police responses to domestic and family violence, with a final report handed to the government.

The inquiry received more than 820 submissions, including 365 from current and former QPS members and more than 400 from those impacted by domestic and family violence.

The report will be considered by cabinet before it is released.

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