Police have dropped assault charges against a Queensland man today, hours before footage emerged of a Gold Coast officer allegedly punching him while he was in handcuffs.
Brayden Mechen, 21, had been arrested in Surfers Paradise in September last year, when an officer allegedly punched him in the face outside the local police station.
He had been arrested over allegedly touching an officer who had responded to an altercation involving his friend outside Sin City nightclub.
“My head has gone back and I’ve started to feel like I’m choking and they just throw me in there,” Mr Mechen said.
“It felt like I was being tortured, it was probably the worst experience I’ve had ever.
“When they were taking me down they started kneeing me and pushing my head into the ground and they kept saying stop resisting, stop resisting, but I wasn’t resisting.”
Constable Matthew Neijman had alleged Mr Mechen had spat at him before the punch occurred, and Mr Mechen was charged with three counts of assaulting police.
However, all charges were dropped prior to his trial today.
The officer allegedly involved in the incident has since resigned, Queensland Police Service advised.
The Service is now reviewing the CCTV footage.
“I guess it’s a relief that it’s over, but it still happened,” Mr Mechen said.
His lawyer Chris Hannay advised he has not ruled out suing police.
“We’ve never really seen anything as bad as what we’ve seen on that CCTV footage,” Mr Hannay said.
“The young fellow is still receiving some assistance for it,he’s still extremely traumatised by it.”
An internal review into Gold Coast police culture is currently underway, but The Council of Civil Liberties last week called for a public inquiry.
“The incidents there are rare and … they are isolated,” Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller said in response to allegations of police brutality on the Gold Coast.
Mr Mechen’s alleged assault is the latest in a string of alleged Gold Coast police assaults exposed by CCTV footage.
As originally seen on 9News.com.au on September 8, 2015.