A crowd of protesters at the Doubtful Creek CSG mining site.
A crowd of protesters at the Doubtful Creek CSG mining site. Patrick Gorbunovs

Capsicum spray used on protester

POLICE have launched an investigation into an officer's use of capsicum spray on a locked-on protester at Doubtful Creek.

ABC radio's AM program reported this morning the incident occurred after a 45-year-old protester named Gareth chained himself to a truck during the protest action on Tuesday.

According to Scott Sledge from Northern Rivers Guardians, an officer approached Gareth and said: "Let go now and get out from under the truck or I'll spray you in the face."

After Gareth explained he could not let go as he was locked-on, the officer sprayed his face.

Police have released a statement confirming the use of capsicum spray on a 45-year-old protester, who was subsequently arrested but not charged.

According to police guidelines, capsicum spray must only be used in situations of violent physical confrontation, where a person is involved in behaviour likely to seriously injure themselves, and to deter attacking animals.



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