TWO teenagers who are accused of stealing a car and clearing a policeman, making him in critical condition, have been associated with a brutal youth gang.
A 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were accused last week of one count per attempted murder and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Constable Peter McAulay, 24, was hit when the police tried to intercept their car in Ipswich at about 5 am last Thursday.
Mr. McAulay suffered a severe head wound and numerous broken bones and bone fractures and woke up Monday in a coma at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
In television news reports, young people were connected to the so-called Southside gang – a cohort of young criminals who document their heroic deeds on social media.
They share selfies with piles of money and bags of illegal drugs, as well as video's that drive at dangerously high speeds – many of them tagged with FTP, or f ** k police.
Channel 9 reported the 16-year-old boy, reportedly behind the wheel of the car that struck Constable McAulay, is a "known employee" of the Southside gang.
Another member of the gang, Jay Jay Rice, died in July after crashing a stolen car while accelerating on the wrong side of the road.
It hit a vehicle that was powered by Sarah Mazi, 33, and her husband Omer, 41, who were killed.
"Their son is still struggling and keeps asking:" Where is Mommy and Daddy? "Sarah & # 39; s brother Steven Furlong told Seven News.
Members of the gangs are between 14 and 18 years old, and many of them are repeat offenders, reported Seven.
The Southside gang is presumably formed last year.
Channel 7 also reported in February a rival criminal group, the Northside gang, which bragged about a large number of members.
"If we wanted to, we could target any house on the north side (of Brisbane) one day," said one of the members.
Online members boast about stealing cars and burglaries in houses, and the police say that 50 members – who have terrorized the northern suburbs of the city for three years – have jointly filed 1,000 indictments since 2015.
And a lot of public ridicule and insults from authorities via social media.
Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers told reporters last week that the police community was behind Mr. McAulay.
"We want Pete to get better, we pray for him, but we also want justice to be served," Leavers said.
"He was actually on his way to Ipswich to do something else and of course he took action to prevent crime and arrest people, and here he is now in the struggle of his life."
Mr. Leavers said that the tragic incident could have been averted with the use of remote engine technology breakers for which he has been lobbying the federal government for six years.
Acting Superintendent Melissa Adams said it was difficult to hear that one of her colleagues was seriously injured during the incident.
"We are a very close neighborhood for police work, we take care of ourselves and our thoughts are with this officer and his family," she said. "And we ask people to pray a prayer for him."