Police officer suspended

Tara Murray

A Senior Constable has been suspended following an incident at Northern Hospital on Sunday.

Police were called to Cooper Street, Epping on Sunday to reports of a male behaving erratically.

Video of an incident has circulated which appears to show six police officers pinning a man to the ground about 4.10pm, with one officer allegedly stomping on the man’s face.

Another video appears to show police officers hitting the man with a police car.

A member of the Critical Incident Response Team was suspended by the Professional Standards Command as it continues to investigate the matter and assess all information available.

The father of the man told Neil Mitchell on 3AW that his son was mentally ill and had been placed in a coma after the incident.

The Independent broad-based anti-corruption commission will launch and investigation into the incident.

IBAC performs a critical role in independently oversighting Victoria Police to ensure police officers’ conduct is lawful, and consistent with required procedures and ethical standards

IBAC Commissioner, The Honourable Robert Redlich AM, QC said the community is rightfully concerned if someone is injured during an interaction with police.

“Given the potentially serious nature of this incident, IBAC has determined it is in the public interest to independently investigate this matter,” he said.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has dash cam or mobile footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.