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NSW Police Urged To Investigate ‘Disturbing’ Arrest Of FriendlyJordies Producer

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NSW Police Urged To Investigate ‘Disturbing’ Arrest Of FriendlyJordies Producer

Police have been slammed for the way they arrested a producer for the YouTube comedian FriendlyJordies.

Detectives attached to the NSW police's fixated persons unit descended on Kristo Langker's family home in Sydney's Dulwich Hill earlier this month.

Videos from the incident show detectives tell the 21-year-old that he couldn't film his own arrest.

He was then seen passing a device to a family member, which caused the young man to be placed on the ground.

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His family yelled in horror at seeing Kristo treated that way before he was charged with two counts of 'stalk or intimidate intending to cause fear of physical or mental harm'.

New South Wales deputy premier, John Barilaro, has sued the YouTuber Jordan Shanks for defamation over several videos he has labeled 'vile and racist'.

But he's also complained he was being harassed by Kristo Langker and alleged there were two incidents where the producer followed him at or following public events.

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Langker's lawyers have claimed video evidence of the second incident involving the Deputy Premier 'does not appear to accord with the police facts'.

NSW MP Helen Dalton has slammed the actions of police during the arrest and has questioned why the fixated person's unit, which is a specialised taskforce set up after the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege to target extremists, was used.

She's released a statement, saying: "Women in NSW who have suffered domestic violence, stalking and intimidation and will tell you how difficult it is to get their perpetrator charged and arrested.

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"As far as I can see, the offence relates to Kristo twice approaching Mr Barilaro in a public arena.

"There are many journalists across Australia who'll be in trouble if this is grounds for arrest. The implications for free speech and civil liberties are extremely disturbing.

"A special unit established to tackle extremists should not be arresting a YouTube comedian. I've met Kristo several times, he's one of the least intimidating people you could meet.

"Having seen video footage of the arrest and alleged incidents leading to the arrest, I believe this whole saga must be investigated by the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission."

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Lawyers for the producer claim Langker did not follow Mr Barilaro for 200 meres or say 'Deputy premier, why are you suing my boss', as has been alleged in court documents.

However, police do believe he 21-year-old's actions constitute harassment and have even taken out an apprehended violence order on behalf of the deputy premier.

"The behaviour of the accused, friendly jordies and the public reach of the friendly jordies media platform has caused the victim to be constantly anxious and in fear of his and his families [sic]," police said in a statement of facts.

"Due to the public reach and offensive nature of the friendly jordies media platform, the victim in his public position is harassed by the followers of Friendly Jordies."

Featured Image Credit: friendlyjordies/YouTube

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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