On Monday 20 June I was arrested by a rogue copper for spruiking on the East St Mall. Three officers tried to bully and bluff me into moving on, but I was authorised by Rockhampton Police to be there, under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992 and I stood up for my rights, then lay down for arrest. Read the Morning Bully story for a small pic of the arrest.
On Wednesday 22 June I went back to the East St Mall, this time with Graeme and three media workers. Inspector Mel Adams and Snr Sgt Ewen Findlator came along to examine my set-up and negotiate with me. We agreed I had a right to be there. When they wanted to further restrict the conditions of my presence, we agreed they should seek orders from a Magistrate – according to the Act.
It even achieved some discussion in a Morning Bully Editorial. It was a great day spruiking, and here are some pics from it:
And finally, what happens when Police falsely arrest a seasoned activist.