Defiant Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart has defended the legal pursuit of acquitted whistleblower Rick Flori.
Ex-sergeant Flori, 47, was acquitted of misconduct by a jury at the Southport District Court on Wednesday after a six-day trial.
The not guilty verdict ends a six-year pursuit of Mr Flori by police after he leaked CCTV footage of police bashing a man while he was handcuffed in a Gold Coast station basement.
Commissioner Stewart told reporters on Thursday the QPS accepted the jury's verdict but defended the decision to pursue criminal charges against Mr Flori.
"None of us is above the law," Mr Stewart said.
"Two judges felt that Mr Flori had a case to answer at his committal and at his trial. I would hope the public understand that this is a process that was followed through because of the nature of allegations against Mr Flori."
Following his acquittal, Mr Flori said Mr Stewart's position was "absolutely" made untenable by the verdict.
"That's Mr Flori's view. It's not mine," was the commissioner's response.
Wednesday's verdict has led to the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (QCCL) to call for an independent inquiry into police accountability as well as the Crime and Corruption Commission's actions.
QCCL vice-president Terry O'Gorman said the Flori case showed the time had come to look into how police behaviour is monitored and investigated.
"The Fitzgerald reform process is almost 30 years old," Mr O'Gorman said in a statement.
"There has never been an inquiry as to whether the Fitzgerald police accountability processes are still working and effective."
Mr Stewart said the CCC does an "outstanding" job and it is his responsibility to ensure community confidence in the QPS is maintained.
"I need to give confidence to the community that police officers aren't above the law and that we deal with these things in an appropriate way," he said.
A CCC spokesman said a new police discipline review process with bi-partisan support had been set up by the commission in October 2017.
"All stakeholders have agreed to implement the new framework which will deliver a more efficient and consistent approach to managing police discipline matters," the spokesman told AAP.
Mr Flori said a death in custody of an indigenous man in north Queensland last weekend showed little had changed since he leaked the footage.
"It's 2018 (and) the same things are going on," Mr Flori said outside court.
"That's extremely concerning. It doesn't appear that they've learnt any lessons in this."