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Gay Mardi Gras Police Brutality Victim Speaks Out in Interview: VIDEO


Jamie Jackson, the reveler at the center of the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras police brutality incident, sat down for an interview with Jan Grimshaw of Australia's A Current Affair. Jackson talks about what led to the incident. Jackson, who was in costume, says the incident started when he touched a girl and was accused of assault.

Meanwhile, a second video has emerged which shows Jackson possibly swinging at an officer as he was apprehended before he was slammed to the ground in front of onlookers.

Watch both videos, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Uh-huh--and now the facts begin to emerge and we see that he is not a "poor, innocent victim", the conclusion that so many of you jumped to, as you habitually do in such instances.

    HE started the violencem apparently, by assaulting a police officer.....and notice that he does not even seem to have a scratch on his face (pretty odd given that he supposedly had his head "smashed to the cement")

    You all really need to be careful about overzealousness when it comes to such cases--it results in a loss of credibility when it comes to cases where there really is violence with homophobic motives behind it.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 6, 2013 11:01:18 AM

  2. This is now a very different account of events than what was earlier reported.

    Posted by: Donald | Mar 6, 2013 11:05:00 AM

  3. It's not clear to me if he took a swing at an officer or was pushing him or was struggling to regain his balance as he tried to get up. If he did attempt to punch the officer that changes things a little, but still no excuse for the police brutality which followed.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 6, 2013 11:06:24 AM

  4. The stupid Itunes commercial obscures a lot of the video. Why do they do that? Yes, I can x it out, but it takes time away from watching the video.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 6, 2013 11:10:24 AM

  5. Rick,

    Still, even after the situation was more or less contained and he was in hand cuffs, a police officer chose to spontaneously grab an unarmed, cuffed, skinny man in his undies by the throat and slam his head violently into the ground...

    You can also see a not so small amount of blood on the ground in the video and a bloody mess in his hair.

    Posted by: RJ | Mar 6, 2013 11:11:33 AM

  6. "the police brutality which followed."

    What brutality? He was not seriously injured in any way--as I just pointed out, he doesn't even have a scratch on his face and did not require even the most minimal medical care.

    There is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary here--if you behave the way this guy did and do not cooperate when you are approached by a police officer, then you are going to bring a little rough handling on yourself--and that does not in any way constitute "brutality".

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 6, 2013 11:12:07 AM

  7. Rick, let's grab you by the neck and throw your head onto concrete so that we see blood, and press our our boot into the back of your neck. "That's not brutality" hahaha That little guy, already in handcuffs and surrounded by 5 or 6 officers, needed to have that done to him?

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 6, 2013 11:15:39 AM

  8. "slam his head violently into the ground..."

    As I said, look at his face, the day after. Do you even see a scratch or a bruise on it? I don't.

    "let's grab you by the neck and throw your head onto concrete so that we see blood, and press our our boot into the back of your neck"

    If I was resisting arrest and had taken a swing at a police officer, that treatment would not be unjustified. In fact, it is pretty standard procedure (not the blood part, but again, I don't see even a scratch or a bruise on his face in his interview appearance, so apparently no real damage was done to him).

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 6, 2013 11:20:55 AM

  9. There are police like that one who is there to do as much damage as he can get away with. Jamie needs to sue him for all he can to set and example that police can not get away with harming defenseless people, no matter what. Anti-gay Christian police exist as we all know and they will harm people if given a chance and they do not want to be on camera or exposed for the crimes they do. Expose them and sue them to stop them from harming anybody else. Jamie needs to face the real world of what happened to him and make an example of the cop to stop police violence before it get worse. If you do not stop these people they will keep harming others they do not like. Somebody needs to stop people like this.

    Posted by: Pig | Mar 6, 2013 11:21:02 AM

  10. @ Donald and Rick : Maybe if I hadn't seen several police situations in which massive force by multiple police officers was used in response to pitiful defensive force by a single unarmed victim, I would agree with you. But this light push / punch from a 130 pound boy, does not means his head should be slammed into the cement and stepped on with boots. Especially when he's already handcuffed! It's simply unnecessary. If I can handle my little brother easily with one arm, multiple trained police officers trained in combat should be able to handle this even smaller guy without using abusive force! Nope, sorry, a weak punch doesn't justify that kind of beating.

    I think one problem, is on TV, police are shown to be 'the good guys'. They are intelligent professionals. They inform criminal offenders of why they are being arrested. There's a due process of law. The reality is sometimes very, very different. In my experience, police beat first, refuse to explain or listen, and then use the victim's confusion and self-defense to justify abusive tactics.

    I've also had police call backup and stop me because I was jogging after dusk (how crazy, right?), and because I was harmlessly walking with minority friends (apparently that looks like criminal activity to them), multiple times. They ask to search us and our property (pretty sure they don't have that right), and angrily tell us to not take pictures or ask their names because we feel they are stepping out of line ; and the best part is we are doing nothing illegal! True gems, they least we didn't get beaten.

    Posted by: HOCKEYJOCK | Mar 6, 2013 11:24:17 AM

  11. The video shows the kid was clearly resisting arrest. Not even close. And, we have no video of the boot on the neck. If the kid was still struggling, it's not an unreasonable way of keeping an arrestee down so he doesn't hurt himself or others. If you get busted, do what the cops tell you. Simple enough.

    Posted by: Liam | Mar 6, 2013 11:25:06 AM

  12. "Anti-gay Christian police exist as we all know and they will harm people if given a chance and they do not want to be on camera or exposed for the crimes they do."

    There is not a shred of evidence here to suggest that there were any homophobic motives at work on the part of the police officers involved. So your claim amounts to nothing but a fabrication.....which, again, costs us credibility when it comes to REAL cases of violence motivated by homophobia.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 6, 2013 11:26:07 AM

  13. This isn't really conclusive, as he's already being man-handled when he takes a swing.

    That said, *never* take a swing at an officer. You're just forfeiting any case you might have had.

    Posted by: Mikey | Mar 6, 2013 11:34:04 AM

  14. The scariest part is that this head and body slam could have killed this boy.

    Posted by: Critifur | Mar 6, 2013 11:34:21 AM

  15. At the risk of offending the homo fascists who seem to dominate this site ( I actually like offending them) this seems to be much ado about nothing. Thousands of revelers seemed to enjoy the day, with police protection. This insident amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 6, 2013 11:35:48 AM

  16. @Hockeyjock -- go be a cop and come back to talk to me then. The kid refused to cooperate and was neutralized. Even if he's little, if he's resisting it takes some force to get him under control. The cops wrestled him down, but at no point did I see a punch thrown. Also, the boot is not on his neck, but on his back between the shoulder blades. Would you prefer they have tazed him? If you have a better idea on how to subdue someone in that situation, I'm happy to hear it.

    Posted by: Liam | Mar 6, 2013 11:38:16 AM

  17. Please indicate on which video and at what time there is any evidence of anyone allegedly "taking a swing" at a police officer. ... ... ... There is NONE. Instead you see clear evidence of over-reaction and brutality by the officers involved.

    Police officers who engage in this type of behavior should be summarily executed.

    Posted by: Hard Line | Mar 6, 2013 11:49:25 AM

  18. Rick,

    There is the other video from yesterday. The young man was quiet, surrounded by four police officers, handcuffed with his hands behind his back, and simply took a step forward. Without warning or verbal instruction, an officer grabbed him by the throat, picked him up, and threw him into the ground. You could hear his head hitting the ground.

    This is police brutality. He was no longer a threat. He was already in handcuffs. He was surrounded by four officers. He was unarmed. He posed no flight risk or fight risk.

    Police brutality can't be defined by how much physical harm the police do. They acted in a way that quite literally could have killed the young man.

    Posted by: RJ | Mar 6, 2013 11:50:03 AM

  19. 1) The cop threw him to the ground very hard, and yes, he could have been seriously injured, even killed. People die from banging their head the wrong way every day. Sometimes they don't even know anything is wrong, go to sleep, and don't wake up.

    He also was resisting and if he had just remained stationary and calm, none of this would have happened. Do police, especially when there are no crowds watching them and no cameras, assault and abuse suspects and people? Yes, sometimes this happens.

    2) There of course was more to this story, and things did happen prior to the the video clip. He did behave in a manner that legitimately attracted police attention. He did resist arrest, and the young woman he was with did escalate the situation by haranguing to police.

    I see no signs of him being beaten up. He has no injuries to his face, he probably has some light bruising here and there, and a gash on his head. He's lucky his head banging on the sidewalk didn't result in his death or spinal/neck damage.

    People need to control themselves, whether they be private citizens or police. Don't go around 'touching' strangers, and be aware when you throw someone to the ground [or punch someone so they fall], they can be seriously injured, even killed. It's not a non-lethal maneuver.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 6, 2013 11:52:03 AM

  20. I just hate these effeminate twink types because they're stereotypical and then everyone thinks that all gay men are skinny effeminate twinks. And I hate that because fems and twinks are the reason I'm scared to tell people I'm gay and are the very cause of my own family wishing I'd never been born.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 6, 2013 11:54:00 AM

  21. It's a hell of a day on Towleroad when Rick owns all of you.

    Posted by: beef and fur | Mar 6, 2013 11:56:10 AM

  22. I agree, Rick. My family hates that I'm gay as well and it's all because of twinks and liberals and women and also blacks.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 6, 2013 11:56:34 AM

  23. "It's a hell of a day on Towleroad when Rick owns all of you"

    It aint over yet. It's only 12:00noon.

    The boy did not deserve to be treated that way. And it happens too often. But now you can catch it on video. Thank God.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 6, 2013 12:02:31 PM

  24. Stop it, Little Kiwi. What you engage in when you troll is called 'projecting'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 6, 2013 12:05:21 PM

  25. Unfortunately Little Kiwi and his aliases and sycophants undermine this site by posting things in the names of people that they disagree with . He is a malevolent presence on this site.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 6, 2013 12:06:38 PM

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