A former Brisbane youth justice worker is suing Queensland police for $1.5 million after he was allegedly violently assaulted by officers on the Gold Coast.
Grandfather Ray Currier, 53, was arrested outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub with two colleagues at about 9:00pm in January 2015, after one was refused entry.
CCTV and mobile phone footage captured officers repeatedly punching Mr Currier in the head and chest before he fell to the ground where he was struck several more times.
Mr Currier filed a claim in the Supreme Court in Brisbane last month, alleging he was the victim of 11 separate assaults during the Australia Day incident, as well as being falsely imprisoned and maliciously prosecuted.
The claim stated he was grabbed by the throat and punched in the chest and jaw, before being wrestled to the ground where his head was punched into the pavement, despite posing no threat to police.
Mr Currier alleged he was also manhandled into a police van, where officers sprayed pepper spray on his face and genitals.
The claim stated he was also assaulted in a cell at the Surfers Paradise police station.
Mr Currier, who had worked in youth detention for nearly two decades, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the alleged bashing.
He also allegedly suffered a head injury and depression, causing him to lose his job six months after the incident.
In 2016, the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) said a Gold Coast police officer would not be charged over allegations he used excessive force while arresting Mr Currier.
In Mr Currier's complaint to the CCC, he said he was trying to move the group on.
CCC chair Alan MacSporran QC said in 2016 he had accepted Mr Currier had appeared to be attempting to move everyone out of the area, as had been requested by police prior to his arrest.
Mr MacSporran said one of the officers was clearly seen using force but could argue in court that he was acting in self-defence.
Mr Currier's Supreme Court claim accused the officers of being "motivated by spite, malevolence or violence".
His $1.5 million claim includes more than $1 million compensation for lost income and superannuation and $200,000 for aggravated damages.
In an interview with ABC News in 2015, Mr Currier said he felt "cold fury" at the way he was treated by police.
"It's not like we're a bunch of teenagers — we left that place of our own volition," Mr Currier said at the time.
"I remember getting hit from behind and recall being on my stomach and I could feel my panic starting to rise."
A Queensland police spokesperson said it would be inappropriate to comment while there were legal proceedings before the courts.
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