Victorian Police have been captured on video kicking, kneeing and stomping on a man’s head during a violent arrest in Melbourne.
The disturbing footage, which was said to have been caught on Sunday in Epping, Victoria, shows at least five officers surrounding the man who is then kicked, stomped on and kneed in the head while he is on the ground.
The witness who uploaded the video to social media said:
“This happened on Cooper St Epping today approx 4:20pm, a man stopped his car on the road and emerged from the vehicle, with police then RAMMING INTO HIM sending him flying across the asphalt, then a short [chase] began resulting in this. I don’t know what this man did, but nevertheless, this is NOT OKAY. This is absolutely disgusting behaviour from the Victorian Police. Excuse my language but I couldn’t control myself. I understand he resisted arrest, but the brutality used is UNJUSTIFIABLE.”
An updated was later added to the post, saying: “We’ve been contacted by a person who claims to be a family member and supposedly this is a man with mental health issues, and the alleged ‘crime he committed was escaping from hospital.”
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Update: Reports now confirm the man, who is mentally ill, is now in a coma as a result of the incident.
The father-of-three suffers bipolar and was at Northern Hospital on Sunday waiting for more than a day in emergency for a mental health bed before he decided to leave.
Hospital staff called the police to bring him back when the violent arrest unfolded.
An internal Victorian Police investigation is now underway.
Victoria police are out of control.— Keira Savage (@KeiraSavage00) September 14, 2020
A 32 year-old mentally ill man is in an induced coma in hospital after being hit by a police car and head stomped by police in Melbourne.pic.twitter.com/IKfd3FpAO6