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Surfers Paradise police station bash footage cop facing charges

http://m.couriermail.com.au

June 18, 2015

Cops Bash Man

Police brutality victim speaks

Police brutality victim speaks

A GOLD Coast police officer accused of leaking video footage showing his colleagues brutally bashing a young dad

in a police station basement is facing criminal charges.

Gold Coast chef Noa Begic was repeatedly punched and ground in to the concrete floor of the station’s basement with his hands cuffed behind his back in January 2012.

While two officers responsible for the attack were given a slap over the wrist, the officer who allegedly leaked video footage to

The Courier­-Mail is now facing charges including misconduct and abuse of public office and fraud.

Rick Flori was a sergeant at Surfers Paradise police station at the time of the incident and his house was raided by officers from the Ethical Standards Command weeks later.

He was ‘reassigned’ and has been fighting to clear his name ever since.

Sgt Flori was formally notified of the charges yesterday but vowed to fight them.

“I intend on fighting the charges to the full extent of the law,” he said in a statement.

Of the four officers involved in the attack, only two ever faced disciplinary action and one of those

– a sergeant seen washing away blood with a bucket of water – retired from the service before any findings were made.

Rick Flori was a sergeant at Surfers Paradise police station at the time of the incident. Picture: Jono Searle

The officer caught throwing punches was stood down, but has since been reinstated without demotion.

Charges of public nuisance and obstruct police against Mr Begic were eventually dropped.

Mr Begic, who settled out of court in his own action against the QPS, is now prevented from speaking about the incident,

but at the time he paid tribute to those who ensured the video footage came to light.

White knight Renee Eaves, who has helped both men in their battles against the QPS, said the charges against Sgt Flori were a disgrace.

“There are many good police within the organisation without a voice and intimidated by these types of actions,” she said.

“They are too scared to report misconduct for fear of workplace harassment or intimidation.”

Noa Begic said (in February 2012) that he was brutally bashed by police. Picture: The Courier-Mail
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Posted on June 22, 2015, in ConspiracyOz Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. More links to this Article – Mick Raven

    Sergeant Rick Flori charged with misconduct
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/sergeant-rick-flori-charged-with-misconduct/story-fntwpug1-1227405702491

    Senior Gold Coast police officer who blew whistle on colleagues charged over allegedly leaking video
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-19/civil-libertarians-concerned-whistleblower-face-serious-charges/6558128

    Queensland Police — A barrel with lots of bad apples
    http://qldcops.blogspot.com.au/

    Former Melbourne police whistleblower Simon Illingworth now a garlic farmer
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/former-melbourne-police-whistleblower-simon-illingworth-now-a-garlic-farmer/story-fni0fiyv-1227312523457

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