Police have denied referring to Aboriginal people as animals after being accused of racism over a New Year's Day comment.
Social media users reacted with outrage over the tweet, which was posted on January 1 by police from Shark Bay, 800kilometres north of Perth.
Police said the comment was not aimed the indigenous community, but at an environmental group who have illegal beach bonfires every year.
Police have denied referring to Aboriginal people as animals after being accused of racism over a New Year's Day comment (pictured)
'Even though theres [sic] a full fire ban, the usual suspects in this community feel the law doesn't apply to them,' the tweet read, SBS reported.
'It's hard to believe these same people are supposed to be representive [sic] of the environment. #stillnotlearning #fb#animals [sic].'
It was followed by a skull and crossbones emoji, and was soon shared by the Mid West Gascoyne District Police on Facebook.
'Here we go again, during the 60s we came under the Flora and Fauna Act and that classified us as animals and not human beings,' wrote one Facebook user.
'No matter what, they will call us animals because that's what their grandfather them, when they were cops.'
WA Police told Daily Mail Australia the post did not refer to Aboriginal people or call them animals.
Social media users reacted with