A sudden protest is due to take place in Sydney on Wednesday afternoon after the injury of well-known street character Danny Lim “touched a nerve” in the community and led politicians to complain that excessive police force was damaging the Sydney reputation.
Green senator David Shoebridge told federal parliament that Lim, 78, had a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain and remained at St Vincent’s Hospital after his attempted arrest at the Queen Victoria Building on Tuesday. in the morning.
Police began arresting Lim after he allegedly refused to comply with a transfer order, but “discontinued” the arrest when he sustained a cheekbone injury. Footage posted on social media showed two officers wrestling with Lim and pushing him onto the hard stone floor of the QVB.
The police confirmed that the “independent review” it promised would be carried out internally by an officer from another command within the police’s Central Metropolitan Region. The Law Enforcement Conduct Commission would oversee the investigation, NSW Police said.
A rally against police brutality will take place Wednesday at 5:30 pm outside the Surry Hills police station, organizers said.
“Danny has always been peaceful and can in no way be considered a threat to the public.”
Part of a letter to NSW Police Minister Paul Toole from Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and Mayor Clover Moore
Sydney Independent State MP Alex Greenwich and Sydney Mayor Clover Moore wrote a joint letter to Police Minister Paul Toole on Wednesday calling for “urgent action” to prevent excessive and unnecessary policing of root of the incident.
“Danny has always been peaceful and can in no way be considered a threat to the public,” they wrote.
“We recognize that policing can be challenging and we support the work police do to protect the community, but we share the community’s concern that there is no public benefit in arresting or using police force against people exercising their right to protest peacefully, or to harass or insolent.