VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.
After this years 2013 Mardi Gras, there circulated a video that showed a young man by the name of Jamie being thrown to the ground by police. This video became viral in just a few days and it was the main focus of media for a week. enquiries were made after this video depicted the police using unnecessary force and mistreating the young man. The footage that was captured by a bystander showed a very disoriented teenager with blood on the floor and crying from obvious shock. He seemed to be intoxicated with alcohol and also seemed a lot smaller in size than the police officer that was involved. Needless to say, this sparked outrage in the GLBT community as they were shocked to have witnessed such treatment by the police at an event where they felt they should have been protected. As the investigations went on, Jamie appeared on news channels such as Current Affair and Today Tonight. In both of these videos he said that he respected the police as they are there to protect but that he felt he was “treated like a piece of meat”. This video clearly shows the harsh actions that were taken by police. However, the video was shot half way though the incident in which viewers must understand that it must be viewed in context. As a result of this, there were many angry people and petitions were made to remove the police officers in question from their position.
On the day of the rally on Oxford street against police brutality, new video emerged captured by another bystander showing Jamie resisting the police, kicking and punching them. This part of the incident was shot before the first video which became viral. This is important evidence as it places Jamie in a different light. No longer does he seem helpless. The video shows him fighting the officers before they got aggressive. before I watched this video, I did have sympathy for Jamie. I did not feel it was necessary to use such extreme force, but I also didn’t think that police would handcuff someone in public without any reason. Some people felt that this was a homophobic act, but in reality, it could have happened at any major event. What I find most interesting is that the first video made headlines and it was very much the centre of media for a week. The video was seen by million of viewers, and as Jamie comments in the Current Affair interview, he unwillingly became famous overnight. However, the video showing him punching and kicking the officers is not that well-known. I believe it may be because the video was weeks after the incident and after the hype had died down, or alternatively because the ‘entertainment’ value of the video was not as great as the first.