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Jamie Jackson Reed awarded nearly $40,000 costs.
Feb07

Jamie Jackson Reed awarded nearly $40,000 costs.

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 07 February 2014 15:36 Written by // Sabine Brix

Gay Sydney teenager Jamie Jackson Reed, who was arrested forcefully at last year's Mardi Gras Parade, has been awarded $39,000 in costs.

Mr Jackson Reed was last year charged with resisting arrest and assaulting police, charges which have since been dropped.

Magistrate Michael Barko found that Jackson Reed had been 'brutalised' and subjected to excessive force. He awarded costs to Mr Jackson and his lawyer Chris Murphy.

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[Image] Jamie Jackson Reed leaves Downing Centre Courts in Sydney. Photo: Sydney Morning Herald

The teen plans to sue police for damages over the incident on March 3 last year, whereby he was thrown to the ground on Oxford Street and was afterwards charged with resisting and assaulting officers. The assault was filmed on a mobile phone and went viral on YouTube.

The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed details of the incident after the arrest, as written in a notebook by the policeman involved - Constable Con Mixios.

"I have pulled him back and thrown him to the ground with a leg sweep." the entry read.

"I placed my foot on his back to hold him down as he was bleeding and I didn't want to be contaminated nor did I feel safe getting down with the crowd around us."

Alex Greenwich, The Independent Member for Sydney, has welcomed the outcome of the Jamie Jackson Reed case.

“It is clear that the LGBTI community will never again accept abuse and discrimination. The community will now be closely watching how police handle this outcome to ensure those responsible are held accountable,” he said.

Mr Greenwich praised efforts which have been made to prevent issues at this year's parade.

“It is heartening that local police and LGBTI organisations have made positive changes to prevent problems at this year’s Mardi Gras,” he said.

“More work needs to be done, and the outcome of this case proves the need for an independent police complaints body.”

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Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (2)

  • Joan

    07 February 2014 at 19:58 |
    I would like to point out that for me the big issue was the brutality and the total lack of care shown by that Police Officer - surely it all could have been handled a lot more calmly and professionally? What happened to talking things thru? NSW Police these days seem far to quick to resort to extreme violence and tasers and pepper spray. In the olden days, Police used to talk to people and it was very effective. Now we seem to have a bunch of low intelligence psychopaths dressed in blue as our protectors. So that's the point I'd like to make. If a member of the gay community breaks the law and the police handle it professionally and they are arrested then fine, that's all fair and proper but I saw the video, that copper is a cold blooded psychopath and he could have killed Jamie very easily, and thank god he didn't.
  • David Rook

    07 February 2014 at 19:33 |
    It was nice to see Jamie exonerated in such a clear and strong verdict in his favor. Can I point out though how difficult and expensive it is to stand up for oneself - Jamie's legal costs ran to $40k - a lot of $ to risk and even if one wins their case - winning costs is not a surety and so whilst thank god Jamie won and got costs - why did this BS case go on for so long and how much did this cost taxpayers total? A lot I am sure - and so what action will be taken against police or will we see this kind of behavior by police - followed by a malicious attempt to prosecute baseless charges? I look forward to seeing some real action and change come from this - but it won't come from NSW Police - who seem to live in an alternate universe of denial and spin (supported by expensive lawyers of their own and all the resources of a $4b tax payer funded organization)

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