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Rhys Aaron Johns, a convicted drug dealer, is suing the South Australia Police for $500,000, alleging he was assaulted by officers during his January 2021 arrest. Johns claims the assault resulted in permanent injuries, including a facial fracture and significant damage to his left retina.

The incident, captured on Johns’ security camera, purportedly shows multiple assaults by the officers involved. Despite the footage, the police have denied any wrongdoing. The case is currently progressing through the courts.

Greens MLC Tammy Franks has emphasized the necessity for increased transparency and accountability in police conduct within South Australia. She highlights this case as an example of the critical need for such measures.

As Johns faces a lengthy recovery and potential disruption to his work, the matter is scheduled to return to court next month. The outcome of this lawsuit could have significant implications for both Johns and the South Australia Police.


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Article Title: Jailed drug dealer sues SA Police, claiming arrest ‘assaults’ left him with permanent injuries
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