Senior Gold Coast cop admits to leaking footage of police brutality

UPDATE 3.20PM | The committal hearing for police whistle-blower Rick Flori has been adjourned until next week.

The Magistrate will, on Friday 27 May, decide whether to make Flori stand trial for leaking CCTV footage of a violent arrest in Surfers Paradise back in 2012.

During his committal hearing in Southport Magistrates Court today, Flori admitted to leaking the footage, but denied he was being dishonest in doing so.


The court heard Flori had engaged in misconduct with the “dishonest intention” to cause a detriment to one of the officers featured in the CCTV footage with whom it’s alleged Flori held a grudge.

EARLIER | A senior Gold Coast police officer has admitted leaking CCTV footage of police brutality to the media during a committal hearing in Southport Magistrates court.

Suspended sergeant Rick Flori is charged with one count of misconduct in public office after security footage of a violent arrest at Surfers Paradise police station four years ago was leaked to the press.

The Queensland Director of Public Prosecutions alleges Flori engaged in misconduct with the “dishonest intention” to cause a detriment to one of the officers featured in the CCTV footage.

The court heard the senior sergeant released the footage because he allegedly held a grudge against one of the officers involved.

But Flori’s barrister hit back, telling the hearing that his client was facing the “completely wrong charge” because “ordinary, honest people” would not see what he did as being dishonest.

The committal hearing continues.

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