“Try to watch the body-cam footage without flinching … and try to remember you are not watching gratuitous violence off the dark web.”
The 22-year-old was charged with seven offences, including assaulting two police officers, after falling asleep in Moore Park following a night out at the Ivy nightclub.
The charges were dismissed earlier this month after body-camera footage from the arresting officers was shown in court.
Ms Giles ruled Scott’s full cost be paid by NSW Police to the total of $100,792.30 and described the police’s actions as “terrifying”.
“There was no reasonable cause in initiating this prosecution. If you insist in doing that … then you pay everyone’s cost for dragging it there,” she said.
“When you’ve got the commissioner on radio saying he’s very supportive of these police officers I’d like him to have a think about that, really I would,” Sam Macedone said.
Scott will likely launch civil action against the officers involved, with Mr Macedone adamant they will be seeking “nothing less than six figures” over the incident.
“I said all along I tried my best to prevent all of this … I couldn’t have done any more. If they wanted to poke the bear, well they did, and this is what you get,” Mr Macedone said. “Why on earth would you want this video to run in public, why? They just kept saying they were going to do it.”
Scott’s manager Sam Ayoub described the abuse his client had suffered as a result of the ordeal and said the Raiders centre had been “called names walking down the street”.
“He has been through hell, his family have been through hell,” he said.
“I just spoke with him and he was in tears. He’s just happy that people know exactly what happened.”
Mr Ayoub said he saw the police body-worn footage 12 hours after the incident and was in tears himself afterwards.
“He has suffered damages that will last the rest of his life, mentally, the trauma, it has affected his whole game this year,” Mr Ayoub said. “Everyone will remember this. You don’t get away from this.”
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Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.