Queensland police have appealed to Logan residents to share information about gang activity in the city, amid concerns it is fuelling race-related violence.
About 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attended a meeting in the city on Thursday night in the wake of violent clashes between Aboriginal and Pacific Islander families.
Brisbane Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Terry Stedman told the meeting racial tensions were being driven by gangs of youths, but police were in denial.
He said he'd been told by senior police "Logan doesn't have a gang problem" - drawing bitter laughter from the crowd.
"Woodridge High School bans the wearing of colours because there is a gang problem," Mr Stedman said, according to the ABC.
"There is a gang problem in Logan and it's not being addressed."
One parent told the meeting her daughter was too scared to return to school in the Woodridge area because she feared being "flogged" as other indigenous residents had been.
Logan police Superintendent Noel Powers, who was instrumental in negotiating an end to ongoing violence at Woodridge this week, urged community members to pass on what they knew about gang activity in Logan.
He said police were aware of gang activity that tended to focus on Brisbane city, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane, and that sometimes spilled over into Logan.
"There are certain members, predominantly within the Pacific Islander community, who have an affiliation or association with gangs," he told ABC radio.
"The most predominant ones around this are The Bloods and The Crips.
"They are within this district... (but) they're not a problem per se that we have identified."
He said gang activity was addressed in Logan as it came to the attention of police.
"If people want to help us with some information about who is involved and what's actually going on, then we'll do it. The community are our eyes and ears. We don't work in isolation."
Supt Powers said it was tragic some young people seemed to want to "affiliate with some sort of American gang culture".
"I think it's a bit sad in some ways ... if they hold more loyalty to a piece of club-coloured cloth than they do to their very rich, very diverse culture ..."