Gold Coast cop resigns over punch video

A GOLD COAST police officer who was caught on video punching a man in the face during an arrest, has resigned.

The incident captured on CCTV outside Sin City nightclub in Surfers Paradise in September 2014, shows the officer punching  Brayden Aaron Mechen in the face as he is handcuffed and thrown into the back of a police van.

Mechen was charged with assaulting police, however the charges were dropped in court yesterday.


The footage has since gone viral on social media, with many claiming the incident is an act of police brutality.

Queensland Police said in a statement that the officer involved has since resigned and that the matter would be referred to the Ethical Standards Command if he is found to have committed any offence.