A shocking surprise to wake up to!
On Sunday morning 17th Feb at approx 3:30. Gladstone Police was called to a disturbance. On their way to the ” DISTURBANCE”, they noticed 4 Indigenous people having a private conversation in their driveway. The officers pulled over to ask what was going on. Two of those questioned responded ” We having a private conversation on private property ” The group then proceeded to walk back into there Unit/house. The policeman did not seem to like those comments coming from the two individuals. (Comments they also have a right to, being on private property ) One of the policeman than yells “You’re under arrest” then starts running towards the group screaming and carrying on, “You’re under arrest, you’re resisting arrest”
Two minutes later other police cars turned up and the police got out running at the group with hands on their guns. The young Indigenous owner of the property was sleeping at the time and was woken up by the loud noise. When proceeding to walk down her stairs she was met by 3 Police-man who violently grabbed her by the hair and dragged her down her own stairs! Meanwhile, the other 7 police officers who were called to the incident are spraying pepper spray all over the 4 people in the driveway, also entering the premises and spraying other guests. I was told of one Indigenous man who was forced to lay on the ground while 4 Police Officers held him down spraying each of his eyes with pepper spray!
While this was happening there was another young Indigenous girl filming on her phone. She was told by the policeman that she is UNDER ARREST! She continued to film than was grabbed violently by the throat and thrown to the ground! With her face in the ground, the officer had his knee in her back telling the young girl to stop spitting! A victim of the incident told Original People Online “They are only trying to cover their tracks by saying she was spitting, the officer had his bodycam on, and if the judge hears ‘ spitting’ that can spell gaol for
Another guest, a guitar player walked in to see what’s going on. (He had his hand behind his back) He is was then grabbed and ARRESTED! The owner came out and asked two police officers “Why? Why are you here?” One officer replies ” To tell you the truth we were going to a disturbance at another street, so yeah, I dunno?” The other says “Umm… I was just told to come help arrest a man in a white shirt” At this time there is a young Indigenous male with 8 Police Officers and 2 Ambulances hovering dousing him in water from the pepper spray. Guess what color this young Indigenous mans shirt was? Black!
While the boy was still in pain dousing himself with water with 8 Police officers hovering over him, another guest at the unit asked 3 of the Police officers “Why is this boy was being arrested?” All three of the Police Officers responded by saying “Umm… I dunno, public nuisance I think”
Response from the Victims of this unacceptable assertion of power.
Indigenous woman, Nadine Blackman is outraged by this attack and assault on her family. She was happy to share this story with us and we are happy to support her. The view Nadine has on this matter is one Original People Online, and many other Indigenous people can fully understand. We are actually sick of having to put up this!
THEY DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHY THEY WERE ARRESTING HIM!! . .. SO AS THE POLICE HAVE INFORMED OUR ” MEDIATORS ” THAT THEY WILL BE COMING OUT TO DO THE ARRESTS THEY DIDN’T DO THE OTHER NIGHT!! YEAH, I DUNNO HOW YOU PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THIS!! ME I SAY ” RACISM AT ITS FINEST!! ” and THOSE TWO YOUNG LADIES!! … THEY ARE MY DAUGHTERS!! THE YOUNG BLACK MAN… HES MY SON!! AND THAT IS MY BROTHER WHO WAS ARRESTED WITH HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK!! I believe that IF WE THE ( OLDER ONES 40+ ) WERENT THERE
Police Officers need to be held accountable for the actions inspired by their own personal feelings and loss of authority.
Excessive use of power and Authority needs to stop!
The reaction by Police Officers and their use of Power and authority towards a person who speaks rightfully is common, especially towards Indigenous Australians. It is like Indigenous people have to walk on eggshells by what they say around police officers for the fear of arrest, even if they have a right to speak or choose not to speak. Police Officers do not have the right to ask about your conversation. They do not have the right to assert themselves because of their own personal feelings on losing certain power or Authority either. Police officers are not here to police our speech.
This behavior that Indigenous people have to put with is additional stress on their lives. Police need to be held accountable for letting their personal emotions allow them to use their power or overreact, by physically abusing people for no reason. They have other things to do besides STOP every Indigenous person on the street, and cause unnecessary harm where it is not needed! How many witnesses do you need to point out that this is abuse of Authority by use of eccesive force? This needs to stop!
We would like to thank Nadine and family for sharing their story.