Mardi Gras Police Bashing Video: the videographers story

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericingrum/2599481963/

Blood on a Chicago sidewalk, by Eric Ingrum

Note: this video was first published on YouTube under the account SydneyMardiGras2013 (https://www.youtube.com/user/SydneyMardiGras2013). Contact them for more details.

See also story by Serkan Ozturk on SameSame for photos and coverage.

And Star Observer

SYDNEY MARDI GRAS 2013 | POLICE BRUTALITY

Published on Mar 4, 2013

The videographer writes:

Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 between 11- 11:30pm
Pavement just off Oxford St, Corner of Riley and Burton Street
Assaulting officer – FAIRFIELD LAC 266

I was a press photographer for the parade, walking along the backstreets shortly after it had concluded between 11pm and 11:30pm, we heard a man screaming for repeatedly for help.

Walking over we saw him being restrained by two police officers with another 4 in close proximity, he was repeatedly asking them “What have I done wrong?” which they would not respond, all they would say was “you are under arrest”.

He calling for people walking past to help him and with a large crowd of people began to surround the event.

He was struggling and resisting but not aggressively.

The officers told him to stop resisting to which he would reply “why are you doing this I haven’t done anything?.”

The officer “FAIRFIELD LAC 266” then grabbed him by the back of the neck and slammed his head into the stone pavement, as he tried to get up he was then punched multiple times in the head, leaving blood all over the pavement. The crowd of people overlooking screaming at the officer to stop.

After seeing that I began filming.

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What I found most shocking about this event is that the other officers seem to be aware that the amount of force they are using was completely unmerited and excessive.

So they hastily try to force me to stop filming.

As a press photographer I knew I was completely within my rights to film police officers in a public space, doing nothing wrong and breaking no laws, so I refused.

You will notice I ask multiple times why I am not allowed to film and what laws am I breaking and receive no response.

There were at least 6 officers in the immediate vicinity, the victim was only small and could have easily been restrained by the officers without injury.

Instead they choice to force him into submission by repeatedly punching him and throwing him into the pavement.

You’ll also hear him asking over and over what he has done wrong to which he doesn’t get a response.

Mainstream media are also onto this: Sydney Morning Herald and ABC

This is not the only incident from the night, as I reported yesterday.

Breakfast television is also following this story. More as it comes to hand.

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)