Acquitted Flori has Qld top cop in sights

February 14, 2018

Former Queensland police officer Rick Flori is awaiting the jury's verdict in his misconduct trial.

The jury hearing the misconduct trial of a Queensland police officer has been urged to continue deliberations after it indicated it may struggle to reach a unanimous verdict.

The 12-member jury assigned to determine the fate of Rick Flori, 47, has been deliberating for more than seven hours following the conclusion of a six-day trial at the Southport District Court.

Flori is accused of misconduct in a public office with the intent to dishonestly cause detriment to a rival officer.

The ex-sergeant leaked CCTV footage of a handcuffed man being kneed and punched by police in a Gold Coast police station basement in 2012.

One of the officers involved in the arrest was Senior Sergeant David Joachim, the man prosecutors allege was targeted by Flori as part of a vendetta after he received a promotion for which Flori was overlooked in 2011.

Flori has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In a message to Judge David Kent on Wednesday, the jury indicated it was "somewhat deadlocked" and concerned it may not reach a unanimous verdict.

Judge Kent instructed the jury members to resume their deliberations and do all they can to resolve the deadlock.

He also told the jury that under Queensland law he may be in a position to accept a majority verdict when the jury has completed eight hours of deliberations.

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