Police have charged a student after he was arrested on his way to Arthur Phillip High School - the same school attended by the 15-year-old who shot a man dead at Parramatta's police headquarters last week. At around 8.30am (Oct 6th), police approached the teenage boy about alleged posts on social media - which appeared to celebrate the shooting death of New South Wales police employee Curtis Cheng.
During the interaction, police allege the teenager threatened and intimidated police. But there have been questions about the circumstances of the arrest.
NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Stephen Blanks says the actions were not appropriate and could be damaging to community relations.
"For all that's been said over the last few days about a new approach by the authorities towards the Muslim community, this incident shows that there is still some way to go before that community. Indeed the whole community is treated by police with the respect that the community is due," he said.
Mr Blanks says it will be interesting to see what the boy recorded of the police moments before his arrest.
"Police know that they don't have the right to access schools without going through the Department of Education's processes. The principal has to be notified and has to approve police being on school premises; parents have to be notified and given an opportunity to attend."
Source: SBS News