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Assault charges dismissed

Gay activist Bryn Hutchinson, who was accused of assaulting police at this year’s Mardi Gras parade, is relieved to have the charges against him dismissed.

“I don’t believe the police have really done anything other than a PR campaign,” Mr Hutchinson said.

He told City News he has “grave concerns” about misconduct within the police force and called for a wide-ranging inquiry.

“Despite all the stress, I had faith that the justice system was going to look at the evidence and see that there were holes in what the police were saying.”

Both incidents served to escalate tension between NSW Police and the gay community. Mr Hutchinson said it was likely the message would be heard at next year’s parade.

“Mardi Gras is a place for political debate and I imagine there will be some reference to that.”

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