A Queensland police
officer with a Taser appears in a video posted to
Facebook. Photo: Supplied
A Crime and Corruption
Commission spokesman confirmed the organisation was
investigating "allegations of corrupt conduct" stemming
from the incident.
Hayley Van Hostauyen and
her alleged Rebels bikie gang member boyfriend Clayton
Foelmli, were pulled over on a major freeway in
Broadbeach Waters on October 26 after police officers
noticed his prominent neck tattoo.
She posted a video of the
incident to Facebook, saying the police officers spotted
Mr Foelmli's neck tattoo while waiting at a set of red
lights next to the couple who were in their rental car.
The video shows
the Victorian man saying he isn't doing anything illegal, to
which the police officer replies, "You don't have to be,
The officer told the man to
hand over the phone he was recording with but he refused and
reached into his car, police said.
The Facebook post alleged
four police officers strip searched the man and the officer
made a deal that the man delete the footage or get his phone
and his partner's phone confiscated for 28 days.
The man deleted the video,
but it had already been backed up.
News Corp reported there were
allegations video footage of the incident from a police-worn
body camera had been deleted.
The video caused a stir
online, racking up almost 3.4 million views on Facebook to
date, and the officer faced a storm of criticism but a
police investigation found the officer's actions were lawful
"When this gentleman
unexpectedly reached into the car, the officers immediately
feared for their safety and drew the Taser as a precaution,"
Gold Coast Inspector Shane Holmes said at the time.
"It emerged he was retrieving
his ID but the officers were not to know this and their
actions were completely appropriate in the circumstances."
Inspector Holmes said the man
wasn't "just a random Victorian tourist" and was pulled over
after officers noticed a gang-type tattoo on the man's neck
and cheeks which they say revealed he was a Rebels bikie
"The Crime and Corruption
Commission (CCC) is investigating allegations of corrupt
conduct relating to an interaction between police officers
and two members of the public on the Gold Coast," a CCC
spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
"As the investigation remains
ongoing, the CCC is unable to comment further."
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