Danny Lim protesters swarm Sydney police station demanding ‘justice’

Furious protesters swarm Sydney police station demanding ‘justice’ for beloved Aussie character suffering brain injury after being brutally slammed to the ground by cops

  • Hundreds gathered at a Sydney police station to protest the arrest of Danny Lim
  • The beloved character was heading home when he was arrested on Tuesday
  • He had stopped to talk to a friend when police told him to leave a CBD building
  • Mr Lim refused and was violently arrested, left with brain damage and bleeding
  • An expert claims footage of the arrest shows an officer purposely tripped him

Hundreds of angry protesters descended on a major police station decrying the bungled arrest of a beloved Sydneysider who suffered a fractured skull when he was slammed to the ground by officers.

Danny Lim, 78, famous for holding controversial sandwich board signs and telling people to smile, remains at St Vincent’s Hospital with bleeding on the brain after police slapped handcuffs on him Tuesday.

Demonstrators gathered at Day Street in the CBD on Wednesday evening demanding justice for the heavy-handed arrest, which has triggered an internal injury by NSW Police.

Colourful protesters held up placards in support of Mr Lim and chanted anti-police slogans.

One sign read ‘Can’t the police take a joke?’ While another said ‘F*** the cops, Danny is tops’.

Sydney activist Danny Lim, 78, was left with a brain injury after a violent arrest in the CBD's Queen Victoria Building (pictured, Mr Lim immediately after the arrest)

Sydney activist Danny Lim, 78, was left with a brain injury after a violent arrest in the CBD’s Queen Victoria Building (pictured, Mr Lim immediately after the arrest)

Commenters on a Facebook page supporting Mr Lim expressed their horror at how he was treated. 

‘This time they’ve beaten him up so badly they’ve fractured his skull. Definitely protest time,’ said one.  

‘Looks like it’s time to get outside and protest … again,’ said another. 

Mr Lim was forced to the ground by two NSW Police officers in the city’s Queen Victoria Building shortly before 11am on Tuesday. 

Hundreds of people gathered at Day Street police station on Wednesday evening in Sydney's CBD to protest (pictured) against the violent arrest of Danny Lim

Hundreds of people gathered at Day Street police station on Wednesday evening in Sydney’s CBD to protest (pictured) against the violent arrest of Danny Lim

Protesters are pictured holding up signs saying the arrest of Danny Lim on Tuesday was 'police brutality'

Protesters are pictured holding up signs saying the arrest of Danny Lim on Tuesday was ‘police brutality’

A man protesting against the arrest of Danny Lim points to the crime stoppers sign on the back of a police van

A man protesting against the arrest of Danny Lim points to the crime stoppers sign on the back of a police van

The incident was captured on camera by a shocked bystander. 

Police ‘discontinued’ their arrest after Mr Lim’s head cracked against the tiled floors, leaving him with a black eye and a bloody cheek.

Mr Lim, who weighs just 50kgs, was then rushed to St Vincent’s Hospital. 

Daily Mail Australia can reveal he has not been able to communicate properly – a common symptom of serious brain traumas – since the injury.

He has since been diagnosed with a ‘subdural haematoma’ – a bruise between the surface of the brain and the skull. 

People gathered (pictured) in Sydney city centre to protest against the violent arrest of Danny Lim

People gathered (pictured) in Sydney city centre to protest against the violent arrest of Danny Lim

Protesters are pictured outside Day Street police station in Sydney, seeking 'justice for Danny Lim'

Protesters are pictured outside Day Street police station in Sydney, seeking ‘justice for Danny Lim’

Protesters are pictured holding signs outside the Day Street police station in Sydney on Wednesday evening

Protesters are pictured holding signs outside the Day Street police station in Sydney on Wednesday evening

High-profile defence lawyer Chris Murphy is supporting Mr Lim and said he was in a ‘very poor state’ and ‘unable to communicate clearly’. 

Mr Murphy said Mr Lim was walking along a corridor connecting the QVB to Town Hall train station when the arrest unfolded.

‘You can see his Opal (transport) card next to him. He was walking to Town Hall station, on his way home, but paused at a telephone shop because he knew the owner,’ Mr Murphy told Daily Mail Australia.

‘He’s a chatter, he wanted to have a chat! 

‘The owner was serving a customer so Mr Lim was waiting outside when police arrived.’

A protester is pictured making his views clear on the arrest of Danny Lim known on Wednesday

A protester is pictured making his views clear on the arrest of Danny Lim known on Wednesday

Protesters gathered at a Sydney CBD police station to support Danny Lim on Wednesday

Protesters gathered at a Sydney CBD police station to support Danny Lim on Wednesday

A protester outside Day Street police station in Sydney is pictured holding a tribute to Mr Lim

A protester outside Day Street police station in Sydney is pictured holding a tribute to Mr Lim

A protester is pictured outside a Sydney police station where hundreds gathered to express their disgust at how Danny Lim was treated

A protester is pictured outside a Sydney police station where hundreds gathered to express their disgust at how Danny Lim was treated

Mr Murphy said several shop owners witnessed the incident and told lawyers Mr Lim was never asked to leave by anyone around the phone shop.

‘One woman was very distressed and filmed it,’ he said.

‘They all say the way police were harassing him was unnecessary. He was on his way home, he was harmless.’

Mr Lim has become a beloved figure in the city and is famous for wearing signs proclaiming peace, love and happiness with the support of his 17-year-old pet chihuahua-pomeranian, Smarty.

He’s held a unique presence in the city for several years and is often greeted with high-fives and selfies wherever he goes. 

Mr Lim suffered a 'subdural haematoma', bruising between he skull and brain surface, when he hit his head during the arrest (pictured, Mr Lim in hospital on Tuesday)

Mr Lim suffered a ‘subdural haematoma’, bruising between he skull and brain surface, when he hit his head during the arrest (pictured, Mr Lim in hospital on Tuesday)

A witness-captured video shows Mr Lim struggling against police before falling and slamming his head against the tiles (above)

A witness-captured video shows Mr Lim struggling against police before falling and slamming his head against the tiles (above)

Criminal defence lawyer Chris Murphy said Mr Lim was waiting to talk to a friend when police told him to leave the building (pictured, Mr Murphy left and Mr Lim right)

Criminal defence lawyer Chris Murphy said Mr Lim was waiting to talk to a friend when police told him to leave the building (pictured, Mr Murphy left and Mr Lim right)

An expert who analysed the footage of Mr Lim’s arrest claims it shows one of the officers deliberately moved their leg and caused the elder to fall.

The damning clip shows Mr Lim attempting to charge forward away from the arrest while calling for help when the officer on his left put a leg out in front, tripping him. 

‘That leg sweep was very dangerous,’ the expert insight revealed to Daily Mail Australia reads.

‘They both had his arms so he couldn’t break his fall. They did not attempt to save his fall either.’

The move is reportedly part of standard police procedure. 

Mr Murphy said Mr Lim remains in a ‘very poor state’ and is ‘unable to communicate clearly’.

‘Two people from my office are with him at the hospital,’ he said.

‘He’s so small, he only weighs about 50kg. 

‘Police have put out this story of a nasty man. Whenever I’ve encountered him, I’ve felt happy.’

Mr Lim (pictured at Town Hall train station on Saturday) is famous around Sydney for his sandwich-style boards spreading messages of love, happiness and peace

Mr Lim (pictured at Town Hall train station on Saturday) is famous around Sydney for his sandwich-style boards spreading messages of love, happiness and peace

NSW Police released a statement on Tuesday night saying Mr Lim’s arrest will be investigated.

‘An independent review will examine the actions of police during the arrest of a 78-year-old man in Sydney’s CBD earlier today,’ the statement said.

‘Shortly before 11am, officers from Sydney City Police Area Command were called by security to a shopping complex on George Street after a male had failed to leave the building when asked. 

‘Police will allege the man was subsequently issued with a move on direction by officers and failed to comply. 

‘As inquiries into the incident continue, an independent review has been launched, which will examine the actions of police during the incident.’

A NSW Police spokesperson added on Wednesday: ‘The matter has been triaged as a complaint and allocated to an investigator from another command within Central Metropolitan Region. 

‘In accordance with the NSW Police Force corporate policy on complaint handling and management, the internal investigation will have oversight from the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission.’

Mr Lim was pictured in his hospital bed on Tuesday afternoon with a bleeding cheek and his famous smile. 

Mr Lim (pictured with his dog, Smarty) was left with a black eye, cut cheek and serious brain damage from the arrest

WHO IS DANNY LIM? 

Mr Lim says he was orphaned at just five months old and was raised by his Chinese grandmother in a small village about 90km away from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

As part of of Chinese ethnic minority, Mr Lim grew up surrounded by racism and institutionalised discrimination.

He moved to Sydney’s Summer Hill in 1963 on a student visa but found he was again surrounded by racist attitudes.

Mr Lim studied and worked as an electrical technician before retiring at 59 to pursue a career of politics.

In 2003 he was elected onto Strathfield’s council and just one year later, in 2004, held his first ever sandwich board protest during a corruption scandal.

It read: ‘Strathfield Council, have some morals! Stand down!’ 

He worked as a councillor for eight years, resigning in 2011 after a series of controversies led to voters making death threat against him and his pup Smarty, then six years old.

During his time in office he made more than 100 motions, became the first councillor in more than 120 years to win a no confidence vote against the mayor and faced down 18 breach of conduct claims.

He also infamously won the Sexist Remarks Ernie Award for telling a Judge to buy a vibrator so she could ‘stop screwing with the people of Strathfield and screw herself instead’.

In 2016 he attempted to reignite his political career by running for federal senate.

By this time Mr Lim was a familiar face around Sydney and known for his signs advocating love, peace and smiling. 

His campaign focused ‘welfare, not warfare’ and claimed everyone should have a ‘fair go, fair dinkum’.

Mr Lim has had several run-ins with Sydney police. 

In January 2019 he was arrested for wearing a sign reading ‘SMILE CVN’T! WHY CVN’T’ but was cleared of charges after a judge found his sign was cheeky, but not illegal.

Sources: Junkee, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph

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