There have been confronting images that show the violent arrest of sandwichboard activist Danny Lim, because his signs turned out not to be offensive on Friday.
The dramatic footage was captured by the police camera during the arrest of the 75-year-old in front of a shocked crowd in Barangaroo, Sydney on January 11, and was presented to the Downing Center local court on Friday.
In the shocking images, Mr. Lim hears screams and he can struggle when the police put him on handcuffs, a crowd gathers and eventually interrogates the police.
The police can be heard telling horror to spectators that the retiree was captivated in public because there were multiple complaints about his sign & # 39 ;.
The dramatic footage was captured by the police camera during the arrest of the 75-year-old in front of a shocked crowd in Barangaroo in Sydney on January 11
Only one person, a woman who worked in the area, called the police to say she was offended by the sign, the court heard.
The images show onlookers walking away from Mr. Lim telling the officers that he will take his plate off with & # 39; CVN & # 39; T & # 39; as soon as they give him a ticket.
& # 39; No no no, the board is now coming off, & # 39; demands an officer before the 75-year-old can see the sign removed.
The police then violently removes the sign against Mr Lim's will while protesting: & # 39; My sign! You cannot accept my sign! & # 39;
While Mr. Lim begs the officers and begs them not to take his mark, they see him pushing and forcing his hands behind his back to fascinate him.
More than a dozen people – some filmed on their phones – surrounded the officers and told them the sign was not offensive.
As soon as Mr. Lim is enthralled and led away by the police, several bystanders approach them with concern for the well-being of the pensioner and tell them that he is not offensive.
When they were told that he was arrested for holding the sign, many could hear the police say "ridiculous" & # 39; and & # 39; disgusting & # 39; used to be.
When the commotion is over, senior agent Anthony Hands can be heard with the label of the bystanders & damn pathetic … social justice, bloody idiots & # 39 ;.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Police for comments.
Confronting footage has appeared in which sandwich board activist Danny Lim & (39) s (photo) violent arrest is shown, because his signs turned out not to be offensive on Friday
In the shocking images, Mr. Lim hears screams and he can struggle when the police handcuff him
The police then violently removes the sign against Mr Lim's will while protesting: & # 39; My sign! You can't take my sign & # 39;
Mr. Lim's sign was: & # 39; SMILE C ** T! WHY C ** T? & # 39;
The police gave him a $ 500 fine and accused him.
On Friday, the well-known carrier of a sandwich board had canceled a $ 500 fine due to the dramatic arrest.
The 75-year-old was accompanied in court by his chihuahua-pomeranian named Smarty on Friday.
Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge, who was very critical of the conduct of the arresting officers, said the law dealt with what the & # 39; hypothetical reasonable person & # 39; would offend.
& # 39; It is not someone with thin skin who is easily offended, & # 39; she said in the local court of Downing Center.
& # 39; It is someone who can evade some atrocities of life. (The sign is) provocative and brutal, but it is not offensive. & # 39;
Mrs. Milledge said she personally did not like some of the signs and ads that played on the c-word or f-word.
But she saw the & # 39; overwhelming opinion & # 39; of people in the public square at the time of Mr. Lim's arrest and said he meant no harm and was not harmful or offensive.
Only one person, a woman who worked in the area, called the police to say she was offended by the sign, the court heard
The images show bystanders to walk away from Mr. Lim telling the officers that he will take his plate off with & # 39; CVN & # 39; T & # 39; as soon as they give him a ticket
She said the sign was easy to read as a varied conversation: & # 39; Smile! Can it not. Why? Can't. & # 39;
With Smarty on his lap, Mr. Lim told the court earlier that the sign in question was intended to make people smile and think.
& # 39; If you go to Barangaroo on Monday, Tuesday or Saturday, they don't smile, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; We need to make Australia smile again. & # 39;
He said that his various & # 39; CVN & # 39; T & # 39; signs had become his trademark after he was fined – later destroyed – for a similar board aimed at Tony Abbott in 2015.
That sign used an inverted A in the word & # 39; cannot & # 39; and said & # 39; TONY YOU CAN'T & # 39 ;. LIAR, HEARTLESS, CRUEL & # 39; and & # 39; TONY YOU CAN'T SCREW THE EDUCATION. & # 39;
The court was shown photos of Mr. Lim, who wore his various characters, alongside Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Labor senator Kristina Keneally and conservative senator Cory Bernardi.
Under cross-examination, he said that some people found his signs offensive.
& # 39; Everyone thinks differently; it's just a few compared to thousands (not offensive), & he said.
The handcuffs they used caused bruising and bleeding on one of his wrists and his mark was pulled off him
Popular sandwichboard activist Danny Lim was captured on video and screamed for help when three police officers tried to arrest the 75-year-old over a sign he was holding
But he did not agree that he used the c word on a roundabout. Mr. Lim said that he & # 39; highest respect & # 39; had for that word.
Police prosecutor Rick Mansley, who also had Smarty on his lap during part of the hearing, argued that unlike the F word, the C word could not be used as an adjective or verb and had only one purpose : be offensive.
& # 39; How can the court say that the standards of society have fallen so low? & # 39; he said.
Mrs. Milledge, a former public prosecutor, said she understood police work was not an exact science, but warned senior agent Anthony Hands to describe & # 39; a gathering of ordinary citizens & # 39 ;.
She said that while Mr. Lim had told the police that they should arrest him, he was accommodating.
The handcuffs they used caused both bruising and bleeding on one of his wrists and his mark was pulled off him. It was & # 39; unnecessary and very heavy & # 39 ;, she said.
Mr. Lim's pro-bono lawyer, Bryan Wrench, says they are suing the police for the arrest, but will enjoy Friday's victory for the time being.
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