New video shows how riot kissing couple ended up on street

Jordan Chittley
Daily Brew

New video footage reveals just how the world-famous "kissing couple" ended up lying down in street, sharing an embrace in the middle of Vancouver's hockey riot.

As it turns out, the peaceful and surreal moment wasn't exactly planned by Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alexandra Thomas.

"They started beating us with the shields," Jones told CBC News shortly after the image emerged. "We weren't being aggressive towards (police) or anything like that. But eventually they passed over us. And that's when we were on the ground. She was a bit hysterical afterwards, obviously, and I was just trying to calm her down."

The video shows the couple running away from the riot police with the rest of the crowd, but the couple do not run fast enough and get trampled by two officers. The police proceed to shove the pair to the ground and hold subdue them with their riot shields and batons.

Two officers stay with the couple as the camera pans over to the rest of the dispersing crowd. The camera eventually pans back to the couple still on the ground looking like they are in pain. Later we see someone else stop by to help Jones and Thomas.

When the image first emerged in the wake of the violent riots, it went viral landing Jones and Thomas with interviews around the world. Now Jones is using his instant fame to kick-start a comedy career back in Australia and the couple have hired an agent to organize gigs, endorsements and speaking events.