Police v BH: Mardis Gras Melee

Key Words: assault/resist an officer while in the execution of their duty, Crimes Act 1900 s 58 – Mardi Gras – gay activist – alleged police brutality – not guilty

Facts:

BH was a gay activist. On the night of Mardi Gras, BH attempted to cross the road despite the presence of a row of police officers. When officers attempted to stop BH he dropped to the road in self-protection. It is alleged that BH wrapped his legs around the right leg of one of the officers. It is also alleged that BH resisted arrest by wriggling his body and pulling his arms underneath himself.

Result:

BH was found not guilty of both the assault charge and the resist arrest charge.

In the Media:

Star Observer: Police Assault Charges Against Gay Activist Dismissed