Negotiating with Police

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:

Bryan's spruik and Graeme's public space display at the East St mall, 22 June 2011
Negotiating, but is it in good faith?
Finally, getting on with it outside the Oxford Hotel (the publican wants me locked up. "Be patient" I tell him "It'll happen").

And finally, what happens when Police falsely arrest a seasoned activist.

Peace be upon you!