Video Showing Australian Officer Kicking Pinned Man in Face Referred to Corruption Watchdog

The video shows police dragging a man from a ute on Henry Crescent, in Seaford, in Melbourne’s south-east, after what a Victoria Police spokesperson said was a “short pursuit”.

In the video, the man is being held on the ground by three officers while another officer is seen kicking him once in the face.

Police sirens are blaring in the background and a man watching it unfold is heard screaming at the officer.

Police said two men had been charged over the incident but it is not clear which is the person seen in the video.

A 22-year-old man from Seaford, in Melbourne’s south-east, was charged with recklessly exposing an emergency worker to risk by driving, four counts of endangering life and serious injury, dangerous driving while being pursued and resisting arrest.

He’s been remanded in custody.

A Bayswater man, 26, was charged with drug possession and dealing with the proceeds of crime. He’s been released on bail.

A woman was released without charge.

Police said the professional standards command reviewed the video and referred the matter to IBAC, the Independent, Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

This is the latest in a series of complaints about the actions of police in Victoria.

Four officers were suspended in April after video showed the alleged use of excessive force on two occasions in Melbourne.

In one incident in October 2017, a number of Victoria Police officers dragged a disability pensioner into his front yard, where he was pinned to the ground.

In another, video showed an officer stomping on the back of a handcuffed African-Australian man who had allegedly tried to rob a pharmacy.


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