Redfern protest remembers TJ Hickey
Ten years after Thomas "TJ" Hickey's death, Green NSW MLC David Shoebridge calls for a commemoration plaque to be erected in the 17-year-old's honour.PT1M23S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-32qfj 620 349 February 14, 2014
Police have been criticised for apprehending two men during a march on Friday marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Aboriginal teen Thomas "T.J." Hickey.
Some 100 to 200 protesters marched from Waterloo to Redfern Police Station before heading towards the NSW Parliament in Sydney via Central Station and the Department of Public Prosecutions in Liverpool Street.
The protesters rallied outside Parliament House in the afternoon, demanding a government apology over the teenager's death and the reopening of an inquest.
Police officers apprehended a young man after he walked outside the area marked for the protest near Central Station.
The chanting crowd demanded that police free the man and reveal what he was being charged with.
Later in Macquarie Street, a man was pulled aside by police on the grounds of Sydney Hospital.
Shortly after both incidents, the men were released to applause from the crowd.
Riots were sparked in Redfern when 17-year-old T.J. fell from his bicycle and and was impaled on a fence on February 14, 2004.
T.J.'s family and members of the indigenous community blame police for chasing the teenager to his death, but an inquest later cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing.
Banners carried by protesters on Friday called for T.J.'s death to be avenged, with one calling for "cop shops" to be burned. Another poster on display read, "f--- the police".
Greens MP David Shoebridge said the police presence at the rally increased each year, with at least 50, including officers on horses and on bicycles, gathered around Parliament House.
"We have now had this rally for 10 years ... the level of the police presence is only explained by the fact that the people doing the rally are Aboriginal."