Sydney teen in Mardi Gras 'brutality' video speaks out

7:11pm March 6, 2013
March 06, 2013: He's the young man at the centre of the Mardi Gras police bashing video. Now, Jamie Jackson speaks to A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshaw.

The young man at the centre of an alleged police brutality video that was filmed after Sydney's Mardi Gras has told A Current Affair he is not angry at police over the incident.

The video shows a handcuffed Jamie Jackson, 18, being slammed to the ground and then stood on by a police officer.

Friends and bystanders are heard yelling at the police to let Mr Jackson go.

Mr Jackson has said he only has a foggy memory of the event.

"I do remember the first slam to the ground and when I hit the ground I blanked out and then I started crying," he told A Current Affair.

Mr Jackson says he was having a good time with his mates celebrating Mardi Gras when things quickly got out of control.

March 06, 2013: The police force is in damage control tonight after accusations of brutality against a teenager during Mardi Gras celebrations.

"I was having a good time and then maybe things started to get a bit silly."

Mr Jackson remembers tickling a girl on her back after which the police approached him accusing him of assault.

"I kind of didn't see what they meant by assault, I didn't understand — there was way more serious stuff going on"

"And then it escalated and got heavy…I don't know how it got that far."

During the altercation Mr Jackson was thrown to the ground and had a policeman stamp on his back with his boot.

Mr Jackson says he has yet to see a doctor about the incident and wishes the whole thing would just "go away".

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"In one day this video was all over the internet and it's so overwhelming, social media exploded and my phone was going crazy…I just want it all to go back to normal."

Mr Jackson says he has no anger towards the police force in general, only towards the specific officer who threw him to the ground.

At this stage he has no intention of pursuing civil action against the police force.

"I am not angry at the police; I've got nothing but respect for the police. It's just this one act that is unbelievable."

The NSW Police Force has launched an investigation into the incident but the NSW Greens Party and the City of Sydney have called for an independent investigation.

Source: A Current Affair

Author: Eleanor Ainge Roy, Approving Editor: Nick Pearson

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