This video has been removed by the user. http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2009/01/27/29685_ntnews.htmlJanuary 27th, 2009
A POLICE officer has been reprimanded for making a drunk man sing and dance on camera after the footage was posted on YouTube. The footage was filmed in a remote community near Katherine and showed an apparently drunk man, named Chappy, laying next to a paint tin singing Rivers of Babylon.
At one point, another officer drags "Chappy" to his feet and makes him dance for the camera.
After asking "Chappy" to say "Happy Birthday Blake", the officer turned the camera to his face and said "This s--- is f----- up!"
The footage was uploaded onto YouTube in November.
Police yesterday confirmed that the Ethical and Professional Standards Command investigated the incident in December and the Katherine-based officer holding the camera had been "counselled".
The officer who dragged "Chappy" to his feet and forced him to dance was not reprimanded.
The incident was filmed in 2006 and was uploaded in November by a 19-year-old student with the screen name "OriginalVanillaBear".
Police have unsuccessfully attempted to have the video taken off the website.
The controversial footage has sparked strong debate on the internet, with many people calling it "disgusting" and demanding YouTube remove the video.
"Being a cop in the NT is obviously a hard job. I've lived here all my life and I know that to be a fact," OriginalVanillaBear posted on the website.
"I think they deserve a break every now and then, and if that means a friendly (most probably high) indigenous male... singing for them, I think they deserve it."
"To all people sending me comments calling me racist and saying I should respect Chappy, I have this to say - if it was a white guy doing this none of your would say a thing. Maybe you're the racist ones?"