Terry says police commentary over Ross’s alleged murder represent vilification.
Queensland Police Superintendent Brendan Smith is quoted as saying “bikie lifestyle carries its own risk”.
“Anyone who thinks a bikie is a motorcycle enthusiast is kidding themselves – they are criminals and criminal behaviour is hazardous,” Supt Smith is quoted as saying.
Terry says this kind of statement creates “obvious” problems.
“The data clearly tells us that bikies are not all criminals,” he says.
“They generally do not carry out criminal activity within the auspices of the gang.
“Being a criminal does not mean that you should be treated any less as a victim.
“This kind of thought process harks back to the logic that a prostitute cannot be raped, or the short skirt justification for rape etc.
“When you vilify the status of the victim you are intentionally suggesting that they are somehow to blame for the offence committed against them and the act is minimised. Every victim deserves to be treated the same.”