Protest on Trial: Day 13

Tuesday 22 May

Senior Constable Jones testified about the circumstances of the arrest of Thomas Timms.

Leading Senior Constable Richards testified that he was part of the Public Order Response Team on the night of July 1 2011. He had helped to reinforce the police line outside the Max Brenner store at QV.

Senior Constable Richards testified that he had reinforced the line in the middle of the police line, where there seemed to be the most pressure on the line. He testified that a three deep crowd of protestors had pushed against the line, and that he had received kicks to his shins and that his toes had been stood on by protestors.

Inspector Beattie and Mr Appleford of QV had read statements asking the protestors to leave, but a woman protestor “with a really huge megaphone effectively said ‘we’re not going to move are we’”.

Under cross examination, Senior Constable Richards was played footage of Mr Appleford’s announcement. He agreed that he was unable to make out the words of Mr Appleford.

Senior Constable Richards testified that he was the “head man” of his arrest team when they went to arrest Liz Walsh. He testified that as he approached Ms Walsh, Thomas Timms had “rugby tackled her”.

Under cross examination Senior Constable Richards testified that he was 6’5” and about 107 kilograms. He agreed that he was “moving quickly” with at least four police behind him when he moved out to arrest Liz Walsh, who he agreed was about a foot shorter and over 40 kg lighter than him. He testified that when Mr Timms had stepped between Senior Constable Richards and Ms Walsh, Mr Timms was “trying to help his friend”, and agreed that Mr Timms did not show any violent or aggressive intent.

Under further cross examination, Senior Constable Richards testified that no-one in the line of protestors was arrested, because arrests in a crowd control situation can only effectively be carried out by a dedicated arrest team, which might affect the integrity of the police line.

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