Former Gold Coast police officer turned alleged whistle-blower Rick Flori has announced his plans to run for parliament.
Flori made the announcement via a live Facebook video on Saturday.
“Recently I’ve had some conversations with people who sort of suggested that I should take a change in career,” he said.
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“What they meant was that I should run for parliament. So i’ve had some lengthy thought about it, discussed it with my family and we’ve come to the conclusion today that that its probably an option I would like to take up.
“My experience over the past five and a half years, the support that I’ve graciously received from all of you has given me the courage to try and run for parliament.”
Flori revealed that he would be running as an independent for the division of Southport on the Gold Coast, because he “doesn’t follow the crowd”
“As my past has shown I don’t always follow the crowd, I don’t follow or don’t need to follow any particular party line or party policy,” he said.
“I thought independent was the best way for me to try and approach this so that I can not only receive your thoughts, I can vote with my own conscience and how I feel the public need to be represented, honestly and with some sort of integrity.”
In September, Flori was committed to stand trial, accused of misconduct in public office after allegedly leaking video footage of a police bashing to the media in 2012.
If found guilty, he could face several years behind bars.