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Taser assault finding worries police union

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016 Ed Jackson

Queensland's police union boss fears he may have to instruct officers to walk away from situations after one was convicted of assault for producing his Taser.

Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley was convicted and fined $900 at Southport Magistrates Court on Friday after being found guilty of assaulting a man during a 2013 roadside arrest on the Gold Coast.

Sgt Hurley was guilty of grabbing Luke Cole by the throat during the November 2013 incident but his subsequent decision to draw his Taser was also classed as assault by Magistrate Chris Callaghan.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers says the ruling troubles him.

"If you draw a Taser it commits the offence of common assault. That has ramifications for police right across the state," Mr Leavers said.

"If we have to end up saying to police you will walk away and don't do anything because you are not protected, that is something we will consider into the future."

Mr Leavers said the rollout of body-worn cameras for police couldn't happen quickly enough after Hurley's conviction.

He said Mr Callaghan had opted to take the word of the complainant and witnesses over Hurley in reaching his verdict.

"Police officers as witnesses on the Gold Coast and other parts of the state, some in the judiciary do not accept their version in any way, shape or form," he said.

"Had Chris been issued with (a body-worn camera) the video would have been there and it would have been easy for everyone to tell (what had happened)."

Mr Leavers says the union is considering its legal options and may appeal Friday's verdict.

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