A Sydney Mardi Gras reveller captured on video being thrown to the ground by a police officer will vigorously defend police charges against him, his lawyer says.

Jamie Glenn Jackson Reed, 18, from Sydney's Sutherland Shire, was arrested at the corner of Oxford and Reilly Streets on Saturday, March 2.

His arrest was captured on video, showing an officer throwing him to the ground and putting his foot on his back at the annual gay and lesbian festival.

He was later charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and using offensive language in public.

The video prompted calls for police behaviour at the event to be reviewed.

An internal police inquiry into the circumstances leading up to and including the arrest is still under way.

The accused was not in court on Tuesday.

His lawyer Chris Murphy told Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court that his client was not present on his recommendation.

"In due course my client intends to plead not guilty to the charges, and we will be defending them vigorously," he said.

A brief of evidence will be served at the end of the month after which time a date will be set for mention.

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