Queensland Election 2015: Man wearing ‘I’m with stupid’ T-shirt among LNP campaigners arrested by 10 police in Brisbane
January 08, 2015
THE Queensland campaign has been marred by its first arrest, with
police taking a man wearing an “I’m with stupid” T-shirt into custody
for allegedly being a “public nuisance”.
Brunswick Streets in Fortitude Valley, where campaign teams from the
Labor and Liberal parties had set up on opposite sides of the road.
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The arrested man, Iain Fogerty of New Farm, was released on watchhouse bail, and is due back in court on February 4.
Mr Fogerty operates the Not Campbell Newman parody account on Twitter.
Senator Claire Moore, who was with Labor candidate Grace Grace’s team, described the police response as “just ridiculous”.
Moore said the man in the “I’m with stupid” shirt — which she said was
not associated with the ALP campaign — inserted himself among the LNP
campaigners much to the amusement of onlookers.
Before long three
patrol cars and a paddy wagon with an estimated 10 police officers
arrived to arrest Mr Fogerty on the basis of having received two
“It was just totally over the top,” Ms Moore said.
“Rather than telling the bloke to just move on, they arrest him.”