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Gable Tostee suing Queensland government for $300,000 over ‘police brutality’

Tostee was acquitted of killing Tinder date Warriena Wright last year.

By Lorna Gray
Gable Tostee, the man who was acquitted of killing Tinder date Warriena Wright is suing the state of Queensland for 'police brutality'.
Before he met Warriena Wright on that fateful night in August 2014, Tostee had already been charged with public nuisance and obstructing a police officer. The incident occurred at a Surfers Paradise convenience store in January 2014.
Tostee, who now goes under the moniker of Eric Thomas, is now attempting to sue the state for $300,000 over the incident.
He claims he was told by Constable Hurley he was being arrested "for being a d--khead''.
Tostee also claims Constable Hurley said the charge he was being arrested for was "for being a f--wit''.
He says police used physical force and verbal intimidation that was not justified, and claims he suffered dental damage, jaw, wrist, neck and thumb injuries, a fractured toe and post-traumatic stress disorder, of mild to moderate severity.
Tostee with Warriena Wright before she plunged to her death.
Tostee was acquitted of killing New Zealand native Warriena Wright last year. He'd been accused of intimidating Ms Wright so badly she'd tried to escape his apartment via the balcony after he locked her outside.
26-year-old Wright was on the Gold Coast for a friend's wedding when she met Tostee on Tinder. The pair met for drinks and proceeded to further the night at Tostee's Surfers Paradise apartment where she fell 14 floors to her death.
The state has not responded to Tostee's claim, filed on November 23.