Victoria’s police oversight body has charged a Victoria Police officer with assault after the arrest of a man who held up a pharmacy with a pair of scissors
According to The Age – which broke the original story as part of an investigation into the Victoria Police complaints system – the man attacked and terrified bystanders as well as attempting to rob the pharmacy.
CCTV footage shows the shirtless man hurling a promotional sign at the dispensary where a pharmacist was working, knocking stock off the shelf in front of the dispensary and following a worker behind the counter.
The Age reports that the man was experiencing a psychotic episode at the time of the incident.
He has since been sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. At that sentencing, the court heard that the offender, who is of African-Australian background, had experienced civil war as a child, as well as mental illness and substance abuse as an adult.
The footage obtained by The Age shows police officers attending the pharmacy and restraining the offender, as well as appearing to show him “punching the man, kicking him in the head and stomping on his back,” writes reporter Simone Fox Koob.
“Victoria’s independent police oversight body, the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), has charged a Victoria Police officer with assault following an IBAC investigation into an incident at Preston in February 2016,” IBAC said in a statement.
“The charges relate to an IBAC investigation, Operation Boyne, into allegations of excessive use of force during the arrest of a man.
“The officer, a senior constable, has been charged with two counts of common law assault.
“The first court appearance will be at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on 10 April 2019.”