News Guyd: Violent Arrest in Sydney During Gay Mardi Gras

Morris Chapdelaine
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Morris Chapdelaine

March 6, 2013
6:54 p.m.

A police officer caught on video grabbing a party-goer by the throat in Australia during a gay pride event and then violently throwing him onto the pavement has triggered international outrage.

The YouTube video, recorded during Sydney’s 2013 Mardi Gras, is titled “Police Brutality,” but The Guardian reports that officials claim 18-year-old Jamie Jackson resisted arrest, used offensive language and assaulted a police officer.

None of that appears in the video, which begins just after witnesses say an officer smashed Jackson’s head on the ground and left him bleeding and crying out that he’d done nothing wrong.

Another officer on the tape repeatedly orders whoever is doing the recording to stop, though he refuses.

Event organizers issued a statement calling the footage “quite distressing” and described it as “excessive force.” They are calling for “a transparent investigation into this issue and into the numerous complaints received over the course of the festival.”

Story courtesy: Lucas Grindley at

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GuySpy supports and promotes GLBT events worldwide and we are often in attendance at large parties and concerts. We are advocates of safe and responsible partying and will stand up to bullying or violence. At the same time we are thankful for security and police to keep things safe for us. When out and about celebrating- keep an eye on your friends and avoid trouble at all costs- we owe it to ourselves and our community to be smart, courteous and respectful…and the police owe us that as well.


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