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Mourners slam police presence at ‘bikie’ funeral

THE heightened police presence at an alleged Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang Member’s (OMCG) funeral over the weekend has been met with backlash from attendees.

Last Saturday, police said they employed a “greater-than-usual” presence on Brisbane’s northside following reports a high-profile OMCG funeral was taking place.

Members of the public reported seeing scores of police vehicles in Bald Hills, Carseldine, Bracken Ridge areas, with a helicopter flying above. One posted a video more than three minutes long that showed streets lined with officers and police vehicles.

Attendees at the funeral questioned the tactics and claimed it could be construed as a misuse of powers.

“I have never in my life seen so many police in the one place,” a female attendee said.

“What an abuse of police resources and power … There would have been at the very least 300 plus police there including helicopters.”

“This police operation would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is political madness gone too far.”

A Queensland Police Service spokesman confirmed that additional officers were deployed following reports that a high number of OMCG members and associates would be attending.

“A heightened police presence was maintained for a period of the day in the interest of road use, public safety and to enforce OMCG legislation,” he said.

“No offences were committed which warranted any further action and police were satisfied.”