Victoria police caught on CCTV beating Melbourne pensioner

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Assistant commissioner says he ‘doesn’t know’ if the incident would have been investigated without the video footage

The assistant commissioner of Victoria police, Luke Cornelius, said he was unsure if an incident involving a mentally ill disability pensioner being pinned down by several police officers, hit with a baton, sprayed with capsicum spray and filmed by an officer in his Melbourne front yard would have been investigated if not for the CCTV footage.

The incident, caught on CCTV and aired on ABC television on Tuesday, shows about half a dozen officers took part before the man was sprayed with water from a high-pressure garden hose.

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