A former police officer in Australia has come forward with whistleblower accounts of police abuses against the LGBTQ+ community in the 1980s.Former New South Wales police officer Mark Higginbotham described the abuses on the local crime program Under Investigation, and said he was coming forward now to provide validation for the victims of these crimes.“I’m doing it because I want the people who are victims of this conduct to be validated and for them to have their stories accepted,” Higginbotham revealed on the most recent episode of Under Investigation.Higginbotham revealed police actively committed crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.
He described his first exposure to the cops’ gay bashing when he was told to meet a group of six to ten officers at a local Sydney park while in uniform.
Moore Park was a known hangout for gay men at the time, and the bathrooms were a favored cruising spot. Higginbotham quickly realized it was not a legitimate police operation, but instead a brazen and public mob attack by uniform police targeting gay men.“Men were running from the toilets, scattering, and running away from the police,” Higginbotham recalled. “Eventually, I understood that this was beating gay people and it was beating gay people with aluminum truncheons and it was done by on-duty uniformed police.”Higginbotham described the attacks by police as particularly brutal and terrifying, and he had few good things to say about the NSW police of the time.“The beatings were merciless.
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