Police say just before midnight on Saturday March 2, local officers in Doomadgee, a remote community in north-west Queensland, attended a large disturbance where police allege a man smashed a torch into a female officer’s face, breaking her nose.
The man was arrested and taken to the police watch house.
Police say later that night a large crowd fronted at the local police station and smashed its front doors.
Police reinforcements were sent to the town over the weekend.
On March 7 a few hundred residents staged a peaceful protest.
Community spokesman Alec Doomadgee said the extra police, have heightened the community’s sense of fear. “There’s no respect for leadership in the community from the coppers, the police, at all – they’ve been in mediation the last day or so and still nothing has been resolved,” he said.
A 52-year-old man appeared in the Doomadgee Magistrates Court over charges relating to the assault of a female police officer. He was released on conditional bail and is due to appear in court again in early May.
A 16-year-old boy and 20-year-old man, both from Nicholson, were charged with the wilful damage of police property.