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THIS is the video ex-football star Campbell Brown says shows he copped a “coathanger” from Gold Coast police.
Brown says the CCTV footage proves officers were out of bounds when they arrested him at a Broadbeach nightclub earlier this year.
Police last week dropped charges of obstructing police and attempting to force his way back into East nightclub during a night of celebrations after his horse Sweet Idea won the Magic Millions Trophy race in January.
Police initially claimed the former Gold Coast Suns player had shoulder-charged them.
But Brown has accused police of fabricating charges against him. “Police basically made up a story,’’ he told News Corp Australia last week.
“We caught them out by getting the CCTV footage of what actually happened. To be brutally honest, that was an absolute disgrace. They (police) had to throw out the case in embarrassment.’’
A police statement of facts, obtained by The Courier-Mail, alleges Brown was refused entry to East, where he had been drinking with friends, but was argumentative and refused to leave.
But his lawyer, Chris Nyst, said the CCTV footage showed “quite clearly that the incident did not occur in the way asserted by police”.
Mr Nyst said the footage showed Brown apparently waiting peacefully outside the nightclub while a friend went inside to retrieve the ex-footballer’s credit card.
It then shows Brown later being led down an alleyway by police, thrown to the ground and handcuffed after his friend becomes agitated.
“Once I had the opportunity to review the footage, it was immediately apparent to me it did not support the police version of events,’’ Mr Nyst said.
“I brought that footage to the attention of the chief prosecutor, whereupon he promptly — and in my view very sensibly — agreed to discontinue the prosecution.’’
Mr Nyst said police claims they withdrew the charges because of a lack of clarity in the footage “are simply not correct”.
“This case is a good example of why people should not prejudge such matters,’’ he said. “Brown copped a lot of sledging from people who knew nothing about the charges. We have a presumption of innocence, and this is a timely reminder of what good sense that makes.’’
Brown was sacked by the Suns after breaking teammate Steven May’s jaw on a pre-season trip to the US last November.
Note: A coathanger is a dangerous high tackle in Australian rules football, Rugby League, and Rugby Union. It occurs when a running player is stopped by an arm to the chest or neck and usually gets knocked backward onto their back. ...