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Police attempt to block Mardi Gras Bashing Investigation!

March 6, 2013
  • Shocking video shows Police Officer bashing distressed youth
  • Distressed victim forced to the ground in bloody assault
  • Police attempt to block ïndependent investigation

Police Minister Mike Gallacher has attempted to thwart an independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the shocking bashing of a teenage boy on Sydneý’s Oxford Street following the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.

Shocked bystanders filmed the bashing of the young gay man who is shown in distressed state repeatedly stating that he has “done nothing wrong.

The disturbing footage shows the young man being thrown to the ground by an unnamed police officer who them stomps on the man’s back.

The man, who has been identified as Jamie Jackson, appears to suffer a head wound after being slammed to the ground like a rag doll by police.

At least six officers were involved in the teenager’s arrest.

The NSW Greens and a City of Sydney councillor have called for an independent inquiry into the matter, saying the investigation shouldn’t be left to police.

However Mr Gallacher says an additional investigation is “not necessary.

“For anyone to suggest that the ombudsman is not independent, they’re being very, very unfair,” he told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

“I’m satisfied the ombudsman is independent, is truly independent of the NSW Police Force.

Mr Gallacher added that he had not received any complaints about excessive use of force or brutality by police at Mardi Gras.

As the area is “saturated” with CCTV cameras, there will be plenty of footage available to review and any judgment on police actions should wait until the investigation is complete, he said.

NSW Assistant Police Commissioner Mark Murdoch says the video only captures part of the incident and more will be revealed during an internal investigation.

“We have seen but one small part of what is clearly a much larger incident,” Mr Murdoch told reporters in Sydney.

“What actually happened, the full circumstances, will be disclosed in time once our internal investigations and our criminal investigations in relation to both matters have run their course.”

Mr Murdoch says another incident occurred within 30 minutes of the one captured on video.

“While we haven’t received a complaint from either of the two people in the incidents there is a procedure for us to initiate our own inquiries, and we have done so,” he said.

Mr Murdoch says the public does have a right to film events in a public area and comments heard from an officer in the footage suggesting otherwise are contrary to police policy.

“He will be taken aside and the policy will be reinforced to him,” he said.

Jamie’s father Stephen Reed has been unable to contact his son since the attack.

“No one can find him. He lost his mobile on that night and we haven’t been able to contact him since,” he said.

 

 

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24 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2013 1:06 pm

    Trial by media is unfair. Leave the trial to NSW Police.

  2. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 2:15 pm

    The young man (in a moment of exuberance) swore at the police officers. Such an offence should have brought a warning, but the Alpha cop couldn’t restrain himself.

  3. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2013 2:18 pm

    Police have a history of beig thugs,my recollection from my youth is that they recruit dumb bullies.

    It seems their practices haven’t changed.

  4. ROBOCOP-YA-LATER permalink
    March 6, 2013 4:15 pm

    Apparently he whacked a cop across the back after being warned for offensive language which got him arrested in the first place.

    The “young ones” have no respect for the cops. I think a few officers like this one should be encouraged so that other “young ones” can be discouraged from offensive and violent activities.

    We need a few examples so that the “young ones” get to know what happens even if you look the wrong way at a cop.

    One of the cops should have pulled out their Glock and let him have perhaps

  5. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 5:04 pm

    It does appear that robocop is correct….

    ‘If police make a direction or request, you can simply agree to it, and avoid more hassles. Remember, it is an offence not to obey a lawful police direction.

    ‘If you think the request or direction is unfair, be sensible and stay calm. Don’t swear or use violence – if you do, police will then have the power to arrest and charge you.’

  6. March 6, 2013 5:21 pm

    I hardly think unholstering a Glock in those circumstances is reasonable behaviour by the Police.
    I think they’ve got a difficult role to perform & I don’t envy them having to deal with unruly ‘youth’. But, Robocop’s comment smacks of the intolerance of an uptight old prick.

    The Police should be very careful about meting out excessive force, especially unwarranted excessive force.
    There are courts to deal with transgressors. Having the population fearing the police as a tool of control is an eminently stupid suggestion.

    Bikies get treated with kidgloves while some young loudmouth gets his head ground into the pavement. Brave.

  7. Ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? permalink
    March 6, 2013 6:15 pm

    The Cop shoulda blown da dude away

    We need a boost to Reality TV

  8. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 6:24 pm

    The guests seem noice.

  9. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 6:31 pm

    ‘A SECOND man has come forward to allege he was a victim of excessive police force during Saturday’s Mardi Gras in central Sydney.

    ‘Bryn Hutchinson, 32, a social worker and leading gay activist from Sydney, claims he was thrown to the ground by officers at the corner of Oxford and Crown streets in Darlinghurst as he attended the annual gay and lesbian event with friends.’

    Tele

  10. March 6, 2013 6:50 pm

    “it is an offence not to obey a lawful police direction”

    I’m not so sure…

    I once filmed an incident very similar to the one in question where a young woman suspected of shoplifting was forcibly restrained and wrestled to the ground by a handful of policemen.

    One of the cops who saw me recording with my phone asked to see what I had recorded and told me that he “had a right” to confiscate my phone as evidence.

    A couple of days later I was having dinner with a lawyer friend of mine, and he told me that the police don’t have any such “rights” at all.

  11. March 6, 2013 6:52 pm

    “Bikies get treated with kidgloves while some young loudmouth gets his head ground into the pavement. Brave.”

    Exactly Boss. It seems the cops would rather stand outside nightclubs with sniffer dogs strip searching kids who might be thinking of popping an eccy rather than doing anything that might actually address crime.

  12. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2013 7:53 pm

    I’ve had little to do with the police since they used to push around people who (justifiably) didn’t like Malcolm Fraser.

    Over Christmas on the coast, I observed some police harassing some young people who were not causing any offence, they were just being youthful.

    Police still appear to have an undercurrent of bullying, so this action is unsurprising.

  13. el gordo permalink
    March 6, 2013 8:24 pm

    Next year the authorities would be wise to have gay police keeping an eye on exuberance.

  14. Evil Walrus permalink
    March 6, 2013 10:01 pm

    My understanding is that in NSW it is unlawful to disobey an unlawful Police direction if the Officer might have believed it to be lawful.

    After all cops are not experts on the ins and outs of the Listening Devices Act (NSW) which covers this area of the Law in NSW

    So they’ll get you anyway.

    Or in plain legal terms ……..

    Ya totally fucked!

  15. March 7, 2013 4:10 am

    ” the public does have a right to film events in a public area and comments heard from an officer in the footage suggesting otherwise are contrary to police policy. ”
    ” He will be taken aside and the policy will be reinforced to him,”
    `reinforce` LOL, l sure bet it will

  16. March 7, 2013 4:47 am

    froot-loops warning, for parents of primary schoolers
    ” my kids came home from school (a local VIC state primary) with a letter asking whether I would like them to undertake Special Religious Instruction (SRI). No, I wouldn’t, I told the school – three times in heavily circled biro. It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this question “
    http://jacquitomlins.com/2013/03/06/without-jesus-our-students-are-lost/

  17. el gordo permalink
    March 7, 2013 6:40 am

    ‘The number of gay men murdered in gay-hate crimes between 1985 and 2000 in NSW may be as high as 70. Hundreds were hospitalised after assaults and thousands of gay men and lesbians were attacked. How was the scale of this not known?’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/digging-up-past-to-reveal-scale-of-gayhate-deaths-20130306-2fle5.html#ixzz2Mn3y9yjM

  18. Not Just Dirty But Filthy Harry Callaghan permalink
    March 7, 2013 10:37 pm

    So now new video has emerged of this little prick kicking a cop in the head whilst being arrested and put on the ground the first time.

    The only video on Tuesday was taken after he suddenly sprang to his feet and then flung to the ground

    Reports are that he was totally off his face and being a total jerk to others.

    He seems to suffer from small man syndrome the little punk

  19. March 8, 2013 12:18 am

    Jacob found more on acl froot loops
    ” hateful rhetoric about gay people and gay relationships. In 2010, Wendy Francis ran unsuccessfully as a Family First candidate for the Senate. “
    http://flourishandbloggs.com/2013/03/06/afl-pride-please-no/

  20. March 8, 2013 12:24 am

    tweet Robert Oakeshott MP
    @OakeyMP
    One demonises foreign arrivals, the other demonises foreign workers. A pox on both, and to anyone who swallows this xenophobic rubbish.
    12:37 PM – 05 Mar 13
    https://twitter.com/OakeyMP/status/308768240992133121?uid=219425757&iid=fedc56fd-521f-48b3-85bc-5bea2a2c8285&nid=96+979+20130305

  21. el gordo permalink
    March 8, 2013 8:58 pm

    Sniffer dog overreacts and gets minder in strife, making this the third complaint.

    ‘Sydney creative director Gary Leeson, 55, said he was “humiliated” and “bullied” when NSW police ordered him to remove his pants and underpants during a drug search.’

    Daily Telegraph

  22. david writer permalink
    March 18, 2013 5:31 pm

    the little pillow biter should have thought about putting his slimy little fingers all over a woman talking on her phone’he deserved everything he got,it was so funny to see him bawling.

  23. March 19, 2013 2:27 am

    heads-up reb

  24. March 19, 2013 2:33 am

    ” Last September my partner Gregory and I met with his federal Member of Parliament Kelly O’Dwyer to discuss her position on Marriage Equality “
    http://mikeybear.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/have-kelly-odwyers-views-on-marriage-equality-suddenly-evolved/
    .
    reb, Teabags don`t seem to be any better than Joolya on marriage. (spam-trap)

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