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A man claiming to have been stripped and publicly humiliated by police at Sydney's Mardi Gras has prompted another internal police investigation.

Festivalgoer Gary Leeson, 55, complained that he was stripped during a search for drugs - and passers by were able to witness the search through a barely concealing tarpaulin.

"[They could see] my bare butt. I was not comfortable with that at all," Leeson told

Leeson said he felt "bullied" and "humiliated" by the police and was embarrassed and humiliated by the officers, who had approached him with a sniffer dog.

The incident hits the headlines as a video emerged showing a police officer pinning another man to the ground with his foot, sparking accusations of police brutality at Sydney's annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture.

Main image: 'Dykes on a Bike' - part of the Mardi Gras parade (Getty images) 


Police launch second Sydney Mardi Gras investigation after man alleges he was forced to strip naked
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