Belyuen: Cop kicked in riot

July 14: A cop was allegedly kicked in the back and a police car window smashed when grog crackdown in a Top End ‘dry’ community turned ugly.

About 30 people reportedly began screaming and throwing rocks at two Aboriginal Community Police Officers in a riot at Belyuen community, on the Cox Peninsula, 115 km from Darwin last night.

The officers had tipped out a carton of VB.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on outstanding warrants before the riot broke out about 8pm.

Watch Commander Bob Harrison said: “Another man who was drinking outside a house resisted arrest.

“The other people ran to help him and started abusing police. He managed to escape.

 “Capsicum spray was deployed to keep (the people) away.”

Cmdr Harrison said police would go back out today.

“Hopefully some arrests will be made over the assault,” he said.