Cruel moment when police hit the disabled retiree with a baton on his front yard before pepper sprayed him and fired water into his face with a power hose
- In total, six police officers are piled on top of a retired occupational disability
- Three of the officers have now been found guilty of illegal attacks during the arrest
- The retiree, called John, said the police officers treated him “like a dog.”
- The trio hit John with a baton, hit him and even pepper sprayed him
- John installed a CCTV camera to prevent crime, but it was the police who beat him
A Melbourne retiree was treated “like a dog” when three police officers beat him with a baton, hit him and sprayed him with pepper.
Senior Constables Brad MacLeod and Florian Hilgart and Constable John Edney were found guilty of illegal attacks during an arrest in September 2018.
The trio were called to the retiree’s Melbourne home in Preston after his psychologist called Triple Zero over serious concerns about his mental health.
“They treated me like a dog at the weakest time in my life,” the retiree, named John, told Magistrates Court in Heidelberg on Friday after the verdict.
The attack was caught on two CCTV cameras at John’s home and he said the officers refused to acknowledge their behavior even though they were caught red-handed.
A group of officers were filmed around John, a retired incapacitated after being sprayed with pepper spray. Senior Constables Brad MacLeod and Florian Hilgart and Constable John Edney were found guilty of illegal attacks during the September 2018 arrest
He originally installed the cameras in an effort to prevent crime on his property.
The retired incapacitated for work was plagued by what happened on that day and deserved ‘dignity and humanity’.
John was initially ‘aggressive and fleeting’ at his front door, but when he was pinned down, magistrate Cathy Lamble discovered that the officers were using unlawful violence.
30-year-old Edney was found guilty of weapon assault for hitting the retiree’s leg six times with his police-issued stick while lying on the floor.
He also illegally stepped on the pensioner’s head.
MacLeod, 35, sprayed the victim with pepper and punched him in the stomach.
“Did you like that? Did you like that? It smells good, doesn’t it? said the officer after spraying John.
His violence was “malicious,” and it came from the retiree’s annoyance and frustration as he came to the door with his fists raised.
“He paid (John) for his opposition to the demands of the police,” said Mrs. Lamble.
McLeod was also found guilty of ordering his colleague Hilgart (far right), 42, to spray John with a high pressure hose while handcuffed
In total, six officers arrived to arrest the retired worker
McLeod was also found guilty of ordering his 42-year-old colleague Hilgart to spray the retiree with a high pressure hose while he was handcuffed.
Hilgart sprayed him twice with the hose, but the third time was illegal and was done while McLeod was taking photos or video on his phone.
The male lawyers argued that the trio should not receive convictions for the crimes because they could lose their jobs.
But prosecutor Diana Manova said that only Edney had shown “real repentance” in the case, while McLeod kept saying that his behavior was not wrongful.
She said John was a “vulnerable person” who had been in the minority and that if they had been in civilian clothes, the neighbors would have intervened.
“But who would come if the six men on top of him are police,” said Manova.
The three agents, released on bail and suspended unpaid, were charged after investigation by the Independent Broad-Based Anti-Corruption Commission.
They will be sentenced next Wednesday.
John is sitting on the lawn, shocked by the attack. The three officers found guilty were released on bail and suspended without payment. They will be sentenced next Wednesday