A court has been shown video footage of the Palm Island police station
on fire and rocks being thrown at police during last year's riot at the
north Queensland Aboriginal community.
A crowd of angry people burnt the police station and residence during
the uprising last November.
The riot was the result of community anger about an Aboriginal death in
Twenty-three people are facing committal proceedings in the Townsville
In video evidence, police were arming themselves with Glock handguns and
They were told they might have to fire a couple of rounds into the air
to scare the crowd.
The officer-in-charge at Palm Island, Senior Sergeant Roger White
testified it was an awful prospect that police might have to shoot
anyone in those circumstances.
The tape showed rocks being hurled at police and Sen Sgt White
negotiating with the alleged ringleader, Lex Patrick Wotton.
Sen Sgt White said at one stage a piece of concrete was thrown at him.
The case is now expected to continue for up to three months.