Anger has boiled over in Sydney with protesters outside the New South Wales Parliament cursing and yelling at police over the shooting of two indigenous teenagers.
About 150 protesters gathered on Macquarie St to call for an independent inquiry into the incident last weekend, when officers fired on a stolen car after it mounted the kerb and hit two pedestrians in the Kings Cross nightclub area.
Two teenagers, including the 14-year-old driver, were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.
After the shooting, footage emerged that appeared to show an officer dragging an injured young man from the car before striking him.
A small group of teenagers, many of them friends of the wounded boys, attended the protest organised by the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA).
Some of the youths yelled abuse at police and climbed onto the fence on Macquarie St, brandishing signs and yelling "f*** the police" at officers on the steps. Some of the teenagers were seen drinking alcohol, with the swelling crowd eventually blocking off two lanes of the street.
Douglas Martin, a 16-year-old who knew the shot boys, said the officers should be punished.
"You got a reason to hate the coppers, you know, when you're a young kid. But this crosses the line. [It's] straight-out racism," the angry teenager said.
"I want them to get punished. Treat them the same as normal citizens. Just because they're coppers, that's just a ... uniform, that's just a name.
"Treat them the same as us.
"Why can't they get sent to jail for shooting someone?"
Police have defended the officers' action and promised a thorough, unbiased inquiry into the incident. But Raul Bassi from the ISJA said the practice of police investigating police had to stop.
"We can't be witnesses to this without any action," he said.
Greens MP David Shoebridge has called for an independent inquiry into the shooting and has referred the incident to the Police Integrity Commission.
Boxer Anthony Mundine said the shooting was "brutality at its best", and he and other protesters were looking for justice.
"There is no justification to open fire like that. Point-blank range, in a car, ready to be arrested, then furthermore, bash them," Mundine said.
"But there has been no ramifications, there's been no ramifications to themofficers.
"Questions have got to be answered."
Mundine said he knew the families of those shot on Saturday.
"I grew up with one of the boys' fathers," Mundine said.
"It broke my heart. It really broke my heart. Fighting for his life."