An Australian acting police sergeant in Victoria has been suspended following footage on social media of an officer throwing a civilian to the ground before the head.
footage that began Circulating on 22nd September, shows a man talking to three uniformed police officers at Melbourne’s Flinders Street station in what appears to be a quiet conversation.
Then, a fourth police officer can be seen following him, before grabbing him around the torso, and then throwing him to the ground first (in “sling tackle”).
An audible sound could be heard as the man’s head hit the floor. The man was motionless afterwards.
According to News.com.au on 23 September, the person filming the incident claimed he was unconscious.
“This poor guy was quiet, he was just talking to the police, you can see it in the video then he is thrown on the ground,” said the witness.
“You can see it in the video then he is thrown on the ground. You can hear his face hitting the tiles. He was unconscious, there was blood and urine everywhere.”
Victoria Police said the investigation is still ongoing, in a media release obtained by The Epoch Times on 29 September.
“An Acting Sergeant of a Specialist Support Unit has been suspended as a result of preliminary inquiry,” the statement said.
Victoria Police are asking anyone, including the person filming the incident, to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000.
The officer’s suspension comes after protests led by members of the Construction, Forestry, Marine, Mining and Energy Union, (CFMEU) kicked off a wave of anti-lockdown protests in the southern Australian city of Melbourne last week.
Melbourne is currently on track to win the title for the world’s longest days under the COVID-19 lockdown, with the city’s residents enduring a 239-day lockdown since the pandemic broke out on 27 September last year – just shy of 245 -day record set by Bueno Aires.
The lockdown is endorsed by Victorian Premier Dan Andrews as part of the state government’s suppression strategy to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The strategy also sees the government ease the highest level of “stage four” restrictions, including a curfew, limit movement within a 5km radius and the closure of all non-essential retail outlets.
In contrast, the neighboring state of New South Wales has avoided using drastic measures for the past year, only deploying them in July during the Delta variant outbreak in Greater Sydney, which forced a policy change.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times