Earlier in the day, three locals were lying under a removal truck trying to prevent the trucks from moving and said they were there for the long haul.
Joe Carolen a long time union activist gave updates from the protest saying:
8 of us arm in arm, tried to hold back a squad of 12 cops- six squad cars and two paddy waggons, heaps of private security. Two tow trucks. 3 cops pulled John Minto out of the human chain, they dragged him to the sidewalk, slammed him into the ground, twisted his arms way up behind his back, and handcuffed him hard.”police brutality in glen innes. yvonne has been hurt real bad- pushed by cops hard and had a seizure. cops stomped all over her and wouldnt allow any help. people all split up. Yvonne still lying on the road, massive head injury. Cops also went hard for John Minto with a vicious attack- we can’t find him anywhere. Women punched and grabbed in the throats. Chaos and state violence.”
It’s unclear why the officers chose to use the type of force described by witnesses and the feeling on the streets as a result of their actions was “rage”.
We’re told that there is video footage of what happened, and as soon as it’s loaded we’ll post the link.