• Multiple police cars surrounded the home in Wacol, Brisbane, before officers arrested an 18-year-old. (Queensland Police )Source: Queensland Police
A Kamilaroi grandmother says her son is still feeling the effects of the traumatic incident, while advocates are calling on the force to examine their policing practices.
Keira Jenkins

21 Jul 2021 - 6:38 PM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2021 - 6:40 PM

A Brisbane grandmother has said her family is taking things "one day at a time", after her son was wrongfully arrested by heavily armed police last week. 

The boy's mother, Roxanne Duncan, told NITV News that she wasn't home during the incident, but her son, 15-year old daughter, and 7- and 4-year-old grandchildren were in the house.

The Queensland Police Service confirmed the arrest to NITV News and said the boy was 'unarrested' a short time later.

A spokesperson said senior officers had apologised to the young man and his family.

Ms Duncan said the officers came to the house on Monday.

"I wasn't expecting them to do that," she said.

"But it doesn't change what happened. It still plays on (my son's) mind and on mine. We're just taking things one day at a time."

The Kamilaroi woman alleges officers pointed guns at her 18-year-old son's head while her young grandchildren watched on.

She said the incident had "rattled" her son.

"When he called me to tell me what happened, his voice was shaking and, and he was panicked," she said.

"He thought he was going to die that day and he was also concerned for the little kids who were in the house."

'Extreme' actions

Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) said the family have a range of legal options at their disposal.

ATSILS CEO Shane Duffy said he was in disbelief that a family's home in Wacol, Brisbane was surrounded by a carload of heavily-armed police, who had mistaken it for a house along the same street, and arrested an 18-year-old boy. 

"I find it quite daunting to be honest," he said.

"The fact that, in this case the Queensland Police, can break their way into a house to arrest someone when in fact it's the wrong house, the mind boggles."

Mr Duffy said the actions of the police were "extreme" and ATSILS wants to support Ms Duncan and her family in any way they can.


Legal options open

"There are a range of options available, obviously the first is a complaint process," he said.

"We believe this is a public interest matter, this isn't just a cop knocking on a door with a search warrant, this is extreme, to put it mildly.

"... We also have the Human Rights Commission, here in Queensland. There are a range of angles for the family to take.

"Obviously a second option is the potential for a legal remedy and civil recourse moving into the future."

Mr Duffy said the incident also speaks to the relationship between First Nations communities and police, describing it as being "five steps forward, three steps back".

He said Queensland Police Service needs to interrogate their own practices, and make sure nothing like this can happen again.

"The concern, I think besides the impact of police actions, is looking at their policies and procedures," he said.

"Making sure their intel - and in this case the address - is right before you go in guns blazing.

"The important thing to me is to adequately respond to the family's needs and then potentially look at police policies and procedures so this doesn't happen again."

EXCLUSIVE: Brisbane family 'traumatised' after police officers arrest wrong person
A Kamilaroi grandmother alleges police cars surrounded her house and officers pointed guns at her 18-year-old son's head while her young grandchildren watched on.