A father-of-three with bipolar disorder is in a coma after being rammed by a police car and apparently stomped in the head during a brutal arrest in Melbourne.
The man, who works as a roof plumber, is being treated in an intensive care unit following the disturbing incident at Epping, in the city’s north, on Sunday afternoon.
Outraged bystanders filmed the arrest, capturing the man being kicked and pinned the ground by a group of six officers on a median strip on Cooper St about 4.20pm.
Jake Edwards and his partner George Michael were driving down the road at the same time when they saw what Mr Edwards called ‘unjustifiable’ and ‘disgusting’.
A mentally unwell roof plumber living with bipolar disorder has been placed into a coma after video showed him being kicked in the head during a brutal arrest
The man, who has not been named, was being treated in an intensive care unit at a hospital following the incident at Epping, in north Melbourne, on Sunday
‘We’ve seen a police car ram into (the man) sending him flying a few metres across the road,’ Mr Edwards said.
‘He got up and the foot chase continued. They run up to the median strip (and) the man did throw a punch or two.
‘Then pepper spray was used, punches from the police were thrown. While he wasn’t restrained there were kicks to the head
‘The worst part is while he was restrained with five to six officers on him, there was a stomp to the head and then a knee to the head.
Outraged, the pair both posted the video to Facebook – in time to make the evening news – and eventually the man’s shocked wife contacted them on social media.
The man’s furious father Glen told Radio 3AW his son had been taken to hospital to be treated for his injuries.
He was later placed into an induced coma. Doctors had performed a CT scan of his head and had yet to deliver the results to the family.
‘The police had no right to do what they did,’ he fumed. ‘This bloke needs to be accountable and lose his job.’
Glen said his son had been mentally unwell and had sought to be admitted to a psychiatric ward on the day of the arrest but had been unable to secure a bed.
Glen said his son called his apprentice to pick him up before he ran out the front door of the hospital.
He said his son was considered to be a ‘danger to himself’ and doctors rang the police.
Glen claims the matter got out of hand when police arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend his son.
Though Glen says the matter got out of hand when police arrived on scene and attempted to apprehend his son
The video shows the officer kicking the shirtless man as he lay flat on the ground, rolling him into a face-down position.
As the man wriggles in an attempt to get up, a second officer kicks his head down.
The group of six officers then pile on to the man’s back to pin him down before putting him in handcuffs.
Distressed onlookers watching the skirmish unfold pulled over in their car to film.
‘Are you f*****g kidding me?’ the driver can be heard saying.
The motorist then yells at the police to stop kicking the man before his passenger urges him to be quiet.
Victoria Police said the incident unfolded after officers were called to Cooper Street to reports of a male behaving erratically about 4.10pm.
‘Upon arrival the male allegedly became aggressive and damaged a police vehicle whilst attempting to avoid arrest,’ a police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia .
‘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.