Sheila Oakley, the woman tasered in the eye by police, has led a protest march in Brisbane.
The woman tasered in the eye by police has led a protest march in Brisbane calling on the officer involved to be identified and sacked.
Sheila Oakley, 36, faces months of treatment and surgery before it will be known if she will retain sight in her left eye after she was hit by the stun gun’s metal probe during an incident last week in Logan, south of Brisbane.
Ms Oakley presented Queensland Police acting chief superintendent Noel Powers with a petition at the Logan Central police station on Saturday, demanding the officer’s identity be released to the public, that he be sacked and then charged with assault.
A group of about 180 protesters said they would give police seven days to respond and if they heard nothing another march would be held.
Supt Powers said he would review the protester’s demands but he categorically stated the involved officer’s identity would not be made available to the public.
“It depends on what the demands are and what our policy dictates,” Mr Powers said.
“Obviously we’re very driven by policy and procedure … just after a quick peruse it seems they want some of the officers identified and that’s not going to happen.”
Saturday’s march began at Ms Oakley’s home in the suburb of Woodridge with several indigenous spokesmen claiming police used Tasers regularly against their community members and Logan’s indigenous community was being unfairly targeted by police.
Tensions flared with a police officer assisting the road closure for the march talking to the protesters with a Taser on his belt. Ms Oakley’s brother Joseph Oakley was among those to claim it was a provocative display.
“The violence has just got to stop,” Mr Oakley told the crowd.
“This is why this is all being held today. It’s because of that Taser, and they’re still wearing it. I’m not too happy with that.”
Ms Oakley, who only left hospital two days ago, thanked the crowd for attending before the march began. A bandage covered her damaged left eye.
She then took the lead of the march which chanted “Justice for Sheila” as it walked to the police station where about 50 officers, including mounted police, had been positioned.
Mr Powers dismissed the claims of police discrimination and said it was agitators from outside the Logan area who were causing tensions.
He said the officer involved was distressed by the outcome of last week’s incident and he was confident a police ethics investigation will determine how Ms Oakley came to be injured.
“Obviously the officer feels bad for Ms Oakley. It’s a very unfortunate event that has happened,” he said.
“There were circumstances surrounding that that are yet to be disclosed. We’ve heard one version of events, there is another version of events that’s happened, too.
“Unfortunately we’re not at liberty to disclose those particular versions.”