The 'I heart Bikies' graffiti at West End. Photo: Tony Moore
A man who was taken to the West End police station by five heavily-armed officers for writing in chalk, "I heart bikies", on the footpath of the suburb's main street has labelled the reaction "ridiculous" and "overkill".
Police say only three officers spoke to him, including one plainclothes civilian who worked at the station.
The man, who was not charged but forced to clean up the writing, is still worried by the Melbourne Cup Day incident and refuses to use his name in this story.
The West End photographer, who did not want to be named, was walking to work with his girlfriend along Boundary Street at West End on Tuesday when he saw some chalk.
He wrote in chalk I [heart] bikies outside the Archive Bar, 20 metres from West End Police Station.
"I just sketched it and we kept walking down the street and less than a minute I was surrounded by police," he said.
"I could see them coming; one from one direction and from behind me a guy pulled me over and said 'Pull over to the side mate, I'm undercover police'.
"He said 'What do you think you're doing?' and before I knew it, there was three other police with bullet-proof jackets and another undercover police officer."
Queensland Police dispute any undercover police were involved.
A police spokesman said a female police sergeant and a civilian police department worker spoke to the man, who was also later spoken to by a senior sergeant.
The spokesman said the man had "grossly misrepresented" the situation, however the man insisted he was spoken to by five heavily-armed officers.
Police said the man was polite, there was no real incident and they asked him to wash the chalk off the footpath.
The man, who rides a motorcycle but is not a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, said he was taken inside the police station front gate at West End, but not inside the station.
"They were very serious, really angry and swore at me. I was speechless and eventually said, 'what's the deal?'," he said.
"I said, 'I didn't mean to offend anyone, it's just chalk.'. I kept saying I ride a motorbike and its not an attack on the police.
"I just said, 'I ride a motorbike myself' and there is just so many police around the streets these days. It was not an attack on the police, it was more a light-hearted angle.
"But it has just become ridiculous."
He said the police were professional, but extremely hard.
"One of them was saying, 'So you like bikies who carry shotguns? And I said 'of course not, I ride a bike myself and not all bikies are like that'. I've never seen a bikie with a shotgun in West End ever," he said.
He was not charged over the incident but made to clean up the writing with a bucket of water as the officers stood and watched.
He said he wrote the slogan after the Anonymous video had been released: "everyone was talking about it."
He said the impact of the new laws on casual bikers was "ridiculous, over-kill", but understood the police situation.
"It is what it is," he said.
"I didn't mean any disrespect to the police. I just think they are feeling the stresses of all these laws coming in."
The Queensland government has over the past month has introduced a suite of anti-outlaw motorcycle gang legislation, that has created difficulties for casual motorcyclists.More than 10,000 casual motorcyclists signed a petition against harassment last week.