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Australia Disabled military veteran who confronted cops at Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney says police told her 'you're going to get hurt' before pepper spraying her

09:21  07 june  2020
09:21  07 june  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A disabled woman who was pepper sprayed by police as tensions spilled over during the Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney confronted officers with a remarkable speech, revealing she was a military veteran and screaming 'look what you did to me'. Shocking pictures showed the woman

Police spray protesters with pepper spray in Sydney . In Sydney , there were some ugly scenes when police officers used pepper spray on protesters who had flowed into Central station after the Thousands attend Sydney Black Lives Matter rally that was authorised minutes before start – video.

A disabled military veteran has revealed why police pepper sprayed her at a Black Lives Matter rally. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Jane Margaret Bedford-Heighton screams at police after being pepper sprayed at the Black Lives Matter in Sydney's Central Station on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail Jane Margaret Bedford-Heighton screams at police after being pepper sprayed at the Black Lives Matter in Sydney's Central Station on Saturday

Jane Margaret Bedford-Heighton was captured berating police officers in Sydney's Central Station after being sprayed during the demonstration on Saturday.

Shocking pictures showed Ms Bedford-Heighton sprawled on the ground after police fired pepper spray into the crowd, hitting her square in the eye.

Ms Bedford-Heighton claimed the attack was unprovoked after she tried to distance police officers from a group of black protesters as tempers flared in the station.

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The nationwide anti- police brutality protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the US have been marked by widespread incidents of police violence, including punching, kicking, gassing, pepper - spraying and driving vehicles at often peaceful protesters in states across the country.

Demonstrators attend a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney on June 6. "To know that I stand on the shoulders of black , queer people before me who have enabled me to live the life I lead, I had to ask myself if I was going to be the ancestor that people after me needed me to be," he told CNN.

She said she thought her disability would have stopped officers from reacting with force, only to be pushed back by police.  

Ms Bedford-Heighton told 7News an officer told her she was 'going to get hurt' before being pepper sprayed by a cop behind the first row of police.

'The next thing I saw was a male police officer standing behind him (the first police officer). He reached over his shoulder, placed a pepper spray can in front of my face less than 10cm away and blasted it for a few seconds into my eyes,' she said.

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Footage filmed at the tense scene shows Ms Bedford-Heighton screaming at police after being helped back to her feet by onlookers after cleaning her eyes. 

'I said nothing. I did nothing, look what you did! Look what you did!' she said. 

'I served five years in the defence force and I got medically discharged for being injured on deployment. And this is what you did to me.

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'If you did this to a white woman, what do you do to black people?'

Ms Bedford-Heighton said she was completely blind-sided by the pepper spray and slumped to the floor.

First aiders rushed to help Ms Bedford-Heighton and pour water over her eyes just moments after being pepper sprayed © Provided by Daily Mail First aiders rushed to help Ms Bedford-Heighton and pour water over her eyes just moments after being pepper sprayed

'There was no threat or warning that foresaw pepper spray was about to be used. I heard nothing like that at all,' she said.

Despite watching her writhing in pain, Ms Bedford-Heighton was shocked at the lack of reaction from the officers as she screamed at them. 

'It was terrifying. I don't think I have witnessed that detachment from someone suffering before, just in the looks in their faces,' she said.

An estimated 20,000 people gathered outside Town Hall on Saturday afternoon despite the Supreme Court banning the protest on Friday in a last ditch attempt to enforce social distancing restrictions.  

Organisers won a last-minute court appeal on Saturday to allow the march to go ahead.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Around 20,000 people gathered for the Sydney protests, which moved from Town Hall to Central Station © Provided by Daily Mail Around 20,000 people gathered for the Sydney protests, which moved from Town Hall to Central Station

The march started at Sydney's Town Hall, ending at a park near the large train station, where protesters refused to disperse and ended up trapped inside.  

Screams of 'f**k the police' rang out as Black Lives Matter protesters and authorities clashed after thousands took to the streets across Australia on Saturday. 

What started as a peaceful protest ended in chaos at the train station, as swelling crowds were trapped in the station and began taunting police officers.

But police showed little emotion as they stood shoulder to shoulder while the crowd, who shouted 'take a knee' and 'no racist police, no justice, no peace'.

Despite the violent scenes of crowds being pepper-sprayed, NSW Police insisted the protests had 'remained peaceful'.

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: NSW Police insisted the protests were peaceful despite the scenes in Central Station (pictured). Only three arrests were made © Provided by Daily Mail NSW Police insisted the protests were peaceful despite the scenes in Central Station (pictured). Only three arrests were made

Just three arrests were made. 

Operation Commander in Sydney, Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing, said officers across the state reported minimal problems.

'I have spoken with commanders who have said they are pleased that all their protests were essentially peaceful,' Assistant Commissioner Willing said.

'Initially, we had a tough job in Sydney as the police operation was already underway when the Supreme Court decision was overturned, but we rapidly changed plans to ensure the event would run smoothly.

'There were some concerns raised by officers on the ground around physical distancing, and while some people were spoken to, no formal police action was required.'

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters dance outside Central Station at the close of the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney © Provided by Daily Mail Protesters dance outside Central Station at the close of the Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney

The husband of a viral 'Karen' who confronted a man stenciling 'Black Lives Matter' near his own home has been fired .
The husband of Lisa Alexander, who recently apologised for calling the police on James Juanillo after confronting him for stenciling "Black Lives Matter" at his own home, has been fired from his job at financial services firm Raymond James. The man, who ABC 7 News reported was Robert Larkin, accused San Francisco resident James Juanillo, who self-identified as a person of colour in his original tweet, of vandalising his own home. In the video, Lisa Alexander claimed to know the owner of the building, which turned out to be a false claim according to Juanillo, and threatened to call the police.

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