Police say the general public was proper to report an Indonesian-born Mount Gambier man who was carrying an train vest whereas understanding in an area park.
Mount Gambier Police acquired a report of suspicious behaviour within the Railway Lands park on Sunday morning.
After they arrived, they seen native man Setio Shanahan carrying a 50-kilogram weighted train vest.
Officers found he posed no menace to the group.
Mr Shanahan stated the lesson was “do not be colored and put on a weight vest solely within the health club”.
“So the police had a callout [by] a involved member claiming a colored man had a bomb vest on whereas he was on his cellphone. Fascinating morning,” Mr Shanahan posted on Fb.
Limestone Coast Superintendent Phil Hoff stated the general public was proper to report “uncommon behaviour” so patrols may attend to make an evaluation that there was no terrorist menace.
“Police want to reassure Mount Gambier residents that we dwell in a really secure metropolis, but it surely doesn’t imply that we’re excluded from that menace,” Superintendent Hoff stated.
“You solely have to have a look at the latest occasion in Christchurch, which can also be thought of a really secure place.
“The general public are requested to be alert, however not alarmed.
“We wish folks to train warning and report any suspicious behaviour to police on 131 444, or the Nationwide Safety Hotline …”
Mr Shanahan was adopted by his Mount Gambier household as a baby 36 years in the past.
His adoptive mom Jan Shanahan steered racism was behind the decision to police.
“If you happen to weren’t ‘colored’ would the response have been the identical? That is like saying ‘I am not racist however!'” she stated on Fb.
One other good friend joked that he ought to “all the time costume proper for the event”.
Mr Shanahan will quickly journey to Indonesia to fulfill with organic members of the family for the primary time since he was adopted to attempt to pinpoint who his father is.
When he meets his household, he stated he deliberate to say the road from the film Toy Story: “You’ve got received a good friend in me.”
Earlier this yr, a busker at a Melbourne prepare station was mistaken for a gunman.
Police stated a musician, carrying an instrument in a duffel bag, was doing respiratory workout routines to arrange for his efficiency.
One other passenger deemed the behaviour suspicious and wrongly thought his instrument bag was a rifle case.