Police have violently arrested a man in the Victorian town of Wonthaggi after he was suffering from an epileptic seizure.
A case of Police Brutality
The man’s friend, Damien Hall, has accused police of using excessive force during the arrest. The video and images of the arrest released by ABC News appear to show the man being overpowered by several policemen as they arrest him. The incident is even more alarming because the graphic images show the man’s head covered in blood with the police on top of him.
Mr Hall alleged that the police pushed his friend against a metal bar which caused injury to his head, and then proceeded to grab the man’s feet and drop him to the ground which injured his head further. The brutal arrest has left the man with such serious injuries that he was taken to hospital and put into an induced coma.
The Victoria Police have said that their Professional Standards Command would oversee the investigation into the incident. But, as we’ve stated in an earlier article on police brutality, internal investigation procedures are inadequate and police culture continues to facilitate such misconduct.
Suing the Police
O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have a strong legal practice in the areas of assault, battery, unlawful arrest and false imprisonment including representing clients in Victoria.
This incident reflects the unfortunate reality that many people fall victim to the unlawful conduct of authorities. We firmly believe that such people should assert their rights by suing the police for compensation where they have been unlawfully treated.
Speak to us if you, or someone you know, has been subjected to unlawful police conduct. Not sure whether you might have a claim against the police? Read our set of frequently asked questions and call us to book a free first consultation. We are experienced unlawful arrest lawyers who can assist you in suing the police on a no win no fee basis. Please note that we do not take on all civil cases on a no win no fee basis and this will depend on the circumstances of your case.
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