Target: Andrew Colvin, Commissioner, Australian Federal Police
Goal: Drop charges against officer who exposed an alleged major police brutality cover-up.
An officer who exposed an alleged shocking case of police brutality could spend seven years in jail while the officers who reportedly committed a savage beating against an unarmed citizen get off scot-free. Sergeant Rick Flori, a 25-year veteran of the Queensland Police Department, released a video allegedly showing a citizen being slammed face-first into the ground and then put into the back of a police van, where one officer held him and allowed another officer to repeatedly punch him in the face.
The officers charged the victim, chef Noa Begic, with obstructing justice for what they called “resisting,” despite the fact that Mr. Begic was handcuffed and held down throughout the beating. Charges were dropped against him by the police commissioner, who essentially gave the officers a slap on the wrist rather than opening an investigation on the beating. However, Sergeant Flori, who had released CCTV footage of the brutal beating to the public, was suspended and charged with “misconduct in public office,” for which he could face a seven-year prison sentence.
By punishing an officer for making public an alleged cover-up between violent officers and the police commissioner, the Queensland Police Department will only further-perpetuate the cover-up culture that led to the incident in the first place. In order to ensure that other police officers do not commit similar violence and receive protection from higher-ups, it is imperative that both the police commissioner and the officers who perpetrated the beating are punished. Sign the petition below to demand that all charges are dropped against Sgt. Flori, who had to take drastic measures in order to expose a cover-up that went all the way to the highest-ranking officials.
Dear Commissioner Andrew Colvin,
Sergeant Rick Flori, a member of the Queensland Police Department for 25 years, is currently facing criminal charges after exposing an alleged police brutality cover-up that went all the way to the highest ranks. Flori released CCTV video which showed two officers reportedly assaulting an unarmed suspect by bashing his head into the ground while handcuffed and punching him in the face repeatedly while the other officer held him down.
By charging this man and letting the violent officers off without any repercussions, the Queensland Police Department is fostering a cover-up culture where police officers feel impervious to legal troubles for abusing their power. In order to make things right, we demand that charges are dropped against Sgt. Flori and that an investigation is opened into the injustices he exposed in the first place.
[Your Name Here]
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