Queensland’s police commissioner is calling for calm after activists spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” and “Justice” on the street outside police headquarters.
The heated protest is in response to the death in custody last week of an aboriginal woman at the watch house, who police say died of natural causes.
It’s the second week in a row protesters have taken over the city’s streets angry over the death of Aunty Sherry. Her relatives honoured her with a candlelit vigil.
“We had to say goodbye to an aunty we never should have had to say goodbye to,” Aunty Sherry’s great nice Taneeka Brady told .
“People need to realise that if one of us dies all of us dies,” Aunty Sherry’s niece Karla Brady told .
The group is planning protests at other watch houses around south-east Queensland including Ipswich and Beenleigh in coming days.
The protest started hours earlier as a peaceful, socially distant gathering. Most wore masks amid a heavily police presence.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll today called for calm while the investigation into Aunty Sherry’s death is still underway.
“Please let’s settle. Let’s make sure that the coroner gets to do the hearing or the investigation and we’ll go from there,” she said.