Jury retires in Rick Flori misconduct case

February 13, 2018

The jury in Queensland police whistleblower Rick Flori's trial has retired for deliberations (file).

A jury is expected to retire to consider its verdict later on Tuesday in the misconduct trial of a former Gold Coast police sergeant.

Rick Flori, 47, is standing trial at the Southport District Court on one charge of misconduct in a public office.

Flori leaked footage of a violent arrest at Surfers Paradise in 2012 to media in which a handcuffed man was kneed and punched by officers in a police station car park.

Prosecutors allege Flori was motivated by a personal vendetta to release the footage with it featuring an officer who had been promoted to senior sergeant ahead of him in 2011.

Flori's barrister Saul Holt says the allegation of a vendetta is "nonsense" and his client had released the footage to expose the behaviour of the officers involved and a culture of brutality among Gold Coast police.

The trial will resume on Tuesday morning with Judge David Kent summing-up before the jury retires to deliberate.

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