The Plaintiff, EBR, attended an organised public protest in a park and began marching with the crowd down the road. EBR and her colleague were stopped and approached by officers and then physically forced into a caged police vehicle.
They sat in the back of the stationary vehicle for approximately 10 minutes and then conveyed to a local police station. After parking at the station, they were left alone in the caged vehicle for up to 10 minutes without explanation.
The Plaintiff was then escorted separately into the police station and a strip search was conducted without her consent. During the strip search the cell door was open and she was visible to people coming and going in the corridor. EBR also noticed a camera in the corner of the room and the officers would not respond to her concerns to whether she was being recorded while naked.
EBR had been told she was arrested for breaching the peace and refusing to follow move on orders. However, she was released without charge.
Sues police for assault, battery and false imprisonment
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors started a civil action against the State of NSW for assault, battery and false imprisonment by police. The matter was settled prior to trial and EBR received a favourable outcome.