Palm Island's mayor has offered cultural training to Qld's police union boss, and says he must accept a court ruling about police racism during the 2004 riots.
Palm Island's mayor says it's clear the Queensland Police Union needs cultural training after its leader denied racism played a role in the island's 2004 riots.
Alf Lacey says union president Ian Leavers must stop pedalling falsehoods and accept a Federal Court ruling that police were racist in their response to riots that followed an Aboriginal man's death in custody.
"If you can't respect the umpire's decision, then honestly stop making commentary that is not correct," Mr Lacey has told ABC radio.
The mayor made the comments after the Queensland government said it would apologise to Palm Islanders and pay 447 claimants $30 million to settle a class action over the riots.
The unrest was sparked by the death of Cameron Doomadgee, 36, who died from massive internal injuries in the Palm Island watchhouse after his arrest for drunkenness.
Mr Leavers has attacked the settlement, saying it ignores the trauma suffered by officers on the island at the time.
"We are not racist, we do a great job in (indigenous) communities right around the state of Queensland and I believe the only apology that should be forthcoming is to the police who were involved," he told ABC radio on Wednesday.
He railed against Federal Court Justice Debbie Mortimer's 2016 ruling that police had breached the racial discrimination act as they responded to the riots.
"You've got to be careful because you can't criticise judges because they can be precious, however they do not live and work in these communities (and) they simply don't have a clue of what occurs," Mr Leavers said.
But Mr Lacey suggested it was the union that was out of touch with reality, and invited him and the union's board to educate themselves on Palm Island.
"Let us give you some cultural awareness training."
No-one has ever been convicted of Mr Doomadgee's death.
A second coronial inquest in 2010 found arresting officer Snr Sgt Chris Hurley caused the injuries that killed Mr Doomadgee.
But coroner Brian Hine could not determine if they were inflicted intentionally, or accidentally as the pair fell during a struggle in the watchhouse. His injuries included broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and a liver that was almost cleaved in two.
Mr Hine did find that Snr Sgt Chris Hurley became angry after being struck by his prisoner, and punched him several times as he lay on the floor. He also said there was evidence that other officers had colluded to protect him.
The second inquest came after the police union challenged the original 2006 inquest's findings that Snr Sgt Hurley inflicted fatal injuries on Mr Doomadgee.
Snr Sgt Hurley was acquitted of manslaughter charges in 2007.