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Outcry as Australian mayor’s violent citizen’s arrest on 12-year-old boy sparks controversy

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Mayor Jeffrey Mclaughlin faces suspension and backlash over disturbing altercation

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An Australian mayor, Jeffrey McLaughlin, from Barkly Regional Council, is under intense scrutiny and has been suspended following a violent incident involving a 12-year-old boy. The mayor allegedly performed a citizen’s arrest on the boy, accusing him of breaking into his home.

In video footage capturing the disturbing altercation, McLaughlin is seen sitting on top of the young boy to restrain him. The mayor declares, “It’s a citizen’s arrest mate, and I’ll f**king sit here as long as I have to.” Another man present in the video is charged with aggravated assault over the incident.

During the distressing encounter, the boy’s parents claim that McLaughlin used “excessive force” and failed to intervene when the other man threatened and stomped on their son’s head. In a letter addressing the incident, they argue that McLaughlin, in his position of high office, should have halted the assault promptly.

Despite public outcry and calls for resignation, McLaughlin defends his actions, asserting that they were “entirely reasonable within the circumstances.” He claims to have engaged in a restorative justice conversation with the boy’s parents, which they deny.

The Northern Territory (NT) government has suspended McLaughlin, not solely for his actions in the video but as part of an investigation into concerns about the management of Barkly Regional Council members. NT Attorney-General and Local Government Minister Chansey Paech condemn McLaughlin’s actions in the footage as “completely unacceptable.”

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