Shane Patton, the head of police in Victoria, calls Lidia Thorpe's rant "unacceptable."
The head of police in Victoria has slammed a senator for yelling at officers outside an immigration detention center.
Shane Patton, the head of police in Victoria, has slammed senator Lidia Thorpe for the angry spray she threw at police officers last week.
During a protest outside the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) in Broadmeadows, Senator Thorpe got into a fight with the police.
Before, a group of about 30 protesters tried to stop a bus full of handcuffed prisoners from going to Christmas Island.
Senator Thorpe yelled at the police, "You are the criminals, and you are the only criminals on this land!"
"How dare you hurt good people like that!"
Mr. Patton said that the senator's behavior toward the police was not right for a high-ranking politician.
Mr. Patton told 3AW that Senator Thorpe's behavior was unacceptable, wrong, and very disappointing for someone in her position.
"I just hope she's given it some thought and has had time to think about it."
During the conversation, Senator Thorpe called the police "criminals" and said that they were putting innocent people in jail.
"Working at a protest is hard enough without someone pointing a finger at you, yelling at you, and being part of a large group that calls us criminals and says we have no right to do what we do," Mr. Patton said.
"Those people in detention there have nothing to do with us."
Mr. Patton praised the officers for not getting angry when Senator Thorpe was being rude.
"It's hard enough to be a police officer every day, and they did a great job that day by keeping their cool when Miss Thorpe and others were there," he said.
Mr. Patton made it clear that he had full faith in his officers as long as they did the right thing, which he said they had done in this case.
Shortly after the incident, Senator Thorpe defended her actions on Twitter by saying that Australia's immigration system was "made to make people feel like less of a person."
Adam Bandt, the leader of the Greens, said that his party supported protests to protect the rights of migrants and refugees, but he didn't say much about Senator Thorpe's approach.
"Unlike the Liberals and the Labor Party, the Greens will always back protests to protect the rights of refugees and migrants," said Mr. Bandt.