QUEENSLAND Police have been accused of using excessive force and unprovoked brutality when dealing with a man outside an LGBTI-friendly Brisbane nightclub.
Beau Hall, 19, was allegedly heavily intoxicated when he was detained by a bouncer at The Beat in Fortitude Valley after urinating outside of the venue last Friday night. Police later turned up and escorted Hall to an adjacent alley for questioning where the alleged assault took place.
Video footage of the altercation shows what appears to be a punch to Hall from one of the three officers. Hall was then allegedly pinned to the wall by the officers as the footage continues to show another office apparently kicking the handcuffed man.
Police Union president Ian Leavers said the officers were “entirely professional” and reacted to subdue Hall after he “showed all the signs” of preparing to hit and spit on them.
After watching the footage the following day, Hall said he would like to see the three officers charged for assault.
The incident occurred during a nationwide Operation Unite police crackdown last weekend, a two-day police blitz on alcohol-fueled violence and anti-social behaviour that saw over 200 arrests and 400 charges laid.