Shocking video: Police stomp man’s head
Shocking new video shows Victoria Police stomping a man's head during an arrest on Sunday afternoon on a suburban Melbourne street.
Video of the incident, which Victoria Police confirmed to news.com.au, happened in the northern suburb of Epping and was shot from a car by a passer-by.
In the video, the head of a man driving a car can be seen in the foreground, several metres away from police rapidly closing in on a figure on a footpath.
Four officers are surrounding the man as a siren wails and one of the occupants of the car says, "What the f***" and another says, "f***ed up".
The car moves forward to get a clearer view of the officers, two in high viz vests over their uniforms, around the man.
The camera zooms in as one officer appears to kick the man from the front and an officer behind the man brings up one foot and stomps it down on the man's head.
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Inside the car, one man says, "Are you f***ing kidding me. Are you f**ing me".
More officers arrived and they seem to be swarming over the now subdued man, as someone inside the car screams, "you've got his head".
The car's driver points at the scene and says, "f***ing animals".
A police van arrives at the scene and pulls up alongside the man and the officers.
Victoria Police issued a statement, saying "Police were called to Cooper Street, Epping, to reports of a male behaving erratically about 4.10pm today.
"Upon arrival the male allegedly became aggressive and damaged a police vehicle whilst attempting to avoid arrest.
"During the highly dynamic incident a police officer was assaulted and OC spray was deployed before the man was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital for assessment.
"The arrest has been referred to Professional Standards Command for oversight."
Originally published as Shocking video: Police stomp man's head