A SYDNEY man captured on video being thrown to the ground by a NSW Police officer at last month’s Mardi Gras parade will “vigorously” defend charges against him, his lawyer today indicated.
Jamie Jackson is accused of assaulting two police officers, resisting arrest and using offensive language during the annual gay and lesbian festival on March 2.
The arrest sparked claims of police brutality and a protest, after video footage of the altercation emerged, which shows Fairfield constable Leon Mixios slamming a crying Mr Jackson to the ground while handcuffed and stepping on his back.
The 18-year-old, from Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, was not present in Downing Centre Local Court, but his lawyer, Chris Murphy, said his client would deny the charges against him. “[Jamie] intends to plead not guilty to the charges, and we will be defending them vigorously,” he said.
Murphy told the court it was “an unlawful arrest for no offence” and that police “misbehaved badly”.
An internal police investigation into the incident, which made international headlines and has had more than a million views on YouTube, is under way.
The matter returns to court at the end of the month.