Every year, for the past 35 years, a big Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has
been held in Sydney, Australia, and it’s pretty much what it sounds
like it would be. The parade took place last weekend, but the
coverage of the revelry has been dampened a bit by reports of
Below is a video of an Australian law enforcement officer
arresting a mostly unclothed young man who insists he hasn’t done
anything wrong and doesn’t know why he’s been targeted. Before the
filming began, based on witness comments recorded on the video, he
had already been slammed against the ground once. The camera does
film some blood on the ground. At about 57 seconds in, it happens
again, and the camera captures it. The kid is handcuffed and can do
nothing about landing face-first on the concrete.
To be fair, something happens right before the officer slams the
guy that doesn’t get captured on film. Some commenters on the
YouTube video seem to think the kid tried to kick the officer
(also, it’s not unusual for people who are publicly arrested to
play dumb about it to passersby).
Police also try to order folks to stop filming them, which
doesn’t go over well.
Sydney Morning Herald reports that the video is being
investigated, as are other reports of police abuse that took place
over the weekend:
Another gay activist spoke to smh.com.au and alleged that up to
five police held him down and kicked him, after he ignored their
instructions to not cross a road.
“I was kicked several times,” he said. “I was handcuffed and had
my face pushed into the ground.
“I had a police officer leaning on me. I told him I couldn’t
breathe. He said, ‘If you can talk you can breathe”.