Man’s health battle revealed after cop slammed him to the floor at a busy Melbourne train station

Lena Weib

Man’s health battle revealed after cop slammed him to the floor at a busy train station in footage that shocked Australia

  • Footage showed a cop slamming the victim to the ground in Melbourne’s CBD
  • Video at Flinders St Station in Melbourne proved officer approached the victim 
  • Officer then grabbed man by the shoulders before throwing him onto tiled floor
  • Incident from September 22 last year, protests were frequent due to lockdowns

The man brutally slammed to the floor by a cop at a busy train station last September still has significant health issues stemming from the vicious assault.

In footage from the scene which shocked countless Australians, a heavy-handed policeman approached the victim at Flinders St Station in Melbourne’s CBD before throwing him onto nearby tiles.

The injured man has sued Victoria Police, with his lawyer describing the event as ‘traumatising’. 

Kim Bainbridge, the principal of Garden and Green Lawyers, also stated his client had pre-existing mental health issues before the September 22, 2021 incident.

Additionally, he was left with facial injuries stemming from the unprovoked attack.

‘He’s had a severe psychiatric reaction,’ Mr Bainbridge told the Herald Sun.

The moment the policeman grabbed the man (pictured) at Flinders St Station in Melbourne last September

The victim was slammed into nearby tiles by the heavy handed officer, and was soon unconscious, with blood and urine left at the scene

The victim was slammed into nearby tiles by the heavy handed officer, and was soon unconscious, with blood and urine left at the scene

‘He’s traumatised beyond belief. We expect that he’ll receive a very substantial settlement.’

In mobile phone footage taken by another patron, Mr Bainbridge’s client could be seen freely chatting with other police officers.

The situation escalated when the other officer aggressively targeted the man.  

‘We are very grateful to the good Samaritan who had the presence of mind to capture it on film,’ he said.

The senior constable, 36, was suspended days after the violent footage emerged in media reports.

He has since been charged with recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault and common law assault after an internal investigation.

The incident unfolded when protests were common in Melbourne’s CBD during a number of enforced lockdowns – but the victim was not a demonstrator, according to Mr Bainbridge.

A witness at the time said the man was unconscious ‘for a while’ before being treated by paramedics.

‘When he woke up he was calling for his mum,’ the witness said.

‘We are all very disturbed by this and I’ve been inundated with people worldwide wanting to know if this man is alright.’ 

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