I should read the local papers more often, as when I went out for lunch today I had no clue why roadblocks had been set up and why police were milling everywhere. I soon discovered the reason why when I came round the corner to St Stephen’s Cathedral. It was the funeral for Brett Irwin – the police officer who was shot dead last Wednesday issuing an arrest warrant to a man in Brisbane’s north west.
As you can see from the photo’s I took, the mourners and onlookers were numbered in their thousands….
According to the local paper there were 3000 police officers in attendance…
Photo’s were taken with my camera phone, hence the dodgy quality. I didn’t take any pics of the honour guard as they came out of the cathedral as I thought it would have been a bit crass to have taken photo’s while everyone was paying their respects (especially when there’s 3000 coppers in the immediate vicinity!).