A man who filmed three Queensland Police officers attacking a man outside a gay nightclub in Brisbane has said that he plans to leave the state amid a highly publicised law and order drive by the Newman government.
At 11.24pm (AEST) last night bank employee Joe Ritson witnessed a police officer punch a man in the face in a seemingly unprovoked attack outside The Beat nightclub on Ann St in the Fortitude Valley.
The 24-year-old was looking for a taxi to return home after a dinner with friends when he saw the three uniformed officers speaking to a small man in a maroon suit.
"I had a feeling something was going to happen so I started filming it and like three seconds later one of the cops punched him in the face and I was like 'holy crap that is full on'," Mr Ritson told ninemsn.
His footage shows one of the officers unleash an unexpected blow at the suited man's head, who stumbles backwards as the officers close in on him and allegedly continue the beating.
"They punched him, pushed him up against the wall and then started kicking him," Mr Ritson said.
"The ute (in the video) kind of obscures it but you can see one of the them kneed him in the back."
Mr Ritson said before the man was bundled into a police van and taken away he told him that he had filmed his scuffle with the officers.
"One of the cops yelled 'f--- off or I will arrest you too,'" the 24-year-old said.
The bank employee did not know what led up to the officers confronting the man but said the seemingly heavy-handed reaction did not come as a surprise.
"I've experienced police being aggressive for no reason but I have not seen cops beat anyone up before. I know it happens but I had never seen it happen myself," he said.
"I was shocked but I wasn't surprised I kind of expected them to do something like that with all the stuff going on with the war (bikie war)."
"This morning they were bragging on Facebook about how many people they arrested last night as part of a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence but when three cops are beating up a small guy I question who is really being violent."
The 24-year-old said he plans to leave the state amid the Newman government-led crackdown on law and order.
"I don't want to live here. I've enrolled to start university in Melbourne next year," he said.
Queensland Police have launched an investigation into the incident.
Source: Joe Ritson
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson