Cops roughed me up, says blogger
A CALOUNDRA blogger alleges he was roughed up while being arrested by Security Intelligence Branch detectives after they questioned him about confronting images he emailed several politicians.
Glenn Dirix said yesterday the detectives came to his Battery Hill home about 8.30pm on Tuesday to question him about two photoshopped images he sent to the politicians – including Premier Anna Bligh – midway through last year.
Mr Dirix, 51, said the detectives determined he was not a threat, and when they were getting into their car he yelled: “F****** arrest some real criminals.”
The social commentator claimed one of the detectives then kicked down a wooden gate, and both detectives forced him to the ground, handcuffed him and took him to Caloundra Police Station.
He said the incident had left him with a corked thigh and bruised ribs.
Mr Dirix has been charged with causing a public nuisance and obstructing police, and is due to appear in Caloundra Magistrates Court on April 12.
He described the detectives' actions as “way, way over the top”.
His partner witnessed the entire incident.
“Yeah, I'm going to plead not guilty,” he said.
“I'm going to get a solicitor and try (to have the charges dropped).
“And hopefully the magistrate will see sense in regards to the charges.”
Mr Dirix said he sent the images to the politicians when the then Rudd Government was going “pear-shaped”.
The other pollies who received the images were Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, Deputy Premier Paul Lucas, Attorney-General Cameron Dick and NSW independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.
One of the workshopped images was of a photo of the Greek riots last year. It shows a police officer engulfed by flames, with Mr Dirix adding the words: Australia on the edge of the abyss. Rudd is shot dead.
The second image is of a book. Mr Dirix added the words: 2012 the end of Liberal and Labor Australian governments. There is also a picture of a gun on the cover, and below the gun it says: Republic the old fashion way, by Glenn Dirix.
Mr Dirix said the detectives told him he had used an electronic device for harassment, but they determined he was not a threat after interviewing him in his house.
However, he is puzzled as why they even bothered coming to see him given the images were emailed months ago.
“So if I was a threat, I think it would be well and truly over because it took so long for them to come out here,” he said.
Police would not confirm that detectives visited Mr Dirix about the emails, only saying: “Police attended the man's residence to make inquiries to an unrelated matter, when the man allegedly became agitated and abusive.''