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Australia: Video footage emerges of new angle on Sydney Mardi Gras alleged police brutality

Joseph McCormick March 11, 2013
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New video footage has emerged which shows a different perspective on one case of alleged policy brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras, as it appears to show one of those who accused the police of brutality, resisting arrest.

The new video published online shows 18 year-old Jamie Jackson, who was featured in one video which appeared online last week being detained by police, resisting arrest, and kicking out at the policeman trying to subdue him, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Last week reports emerged around the video that police had allegedly used unnecessary force at Sydney Mardi Gras. A video and several witness accounts alleging police violence at the event also came to light.

In the original four minute video, Jackson is detained by police, while others, including the person making the video, attempt to get the badge number of the officer involved.

Some have called for an external enquiry into the handling of Mr Jackson, and Sydney police have been preparing for a protest arranged following the video’s publication.

This new footage, however, has brought into question whether or not the policeman in the video acted inappropriately.

It has since emerged that Jackson was originally under arrest for tickling a woman he didn’t know. He later appeared on Australian TV show A Current Affair, and admitted he was wrong.

He said: “It’s all still hazy. It shouldn’t have gone that far. I shouldn’t have approached someone I didn’t know, I understand that. I don’t even know how it got to this point. I don’t know how a simple altercation could turn into a big massive scuffle.”

He was charged with resisting arrest, police assault and offensive language.

Two other internal investigations have been launched into separate incidents which took place at the event. One man claims he was ordered to strip naked during a drug search in full view of bystanders.

Related topics: Australia, Australia, mardi gras, police brutality, Pride, Sydney, video

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