Saturday, January 21, 2012

Police investigate repeated bashing of cricket fan

There were 4 cops around the guy and they already had him down so there was clearly no excuse for the rain of punches. They may have needed to cuff him and frogmarch him to a paddywagon but that is all

POLICE have launched an internal review after footage was released of an officer repeatedly punching a fan at a Sydney cricket match.

"Following vision from a media organisation being made available to police, an internal review of the incident is now under way," a police spokeswoman told AAP today.

"As part of that review police will be speaking with police officers and security personnel and will be examining CCTV.

"Police employ a variety of techniques to achieve compliance and the review will examine whether the techniques used in this instance were appropriate to the situation."

Footage aired by the Seven Network shows a uniformed NSW officer hitting a person at least five times as three security officers restrain the spectator in the stands of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Police allege a 39-year-old man from the southern NSW town of Barellan refused to leave the SCG at about 11pm (AEDT) on Wednesday despite repeated requests to do so.

The man allegedly resisted arrest and was taken to Surry Hills police station where he was issued with a field court attendance notice for remaining within a licensed premises and resisting police.

The police spokeswoman could not confirm the rank of the police officer involved and a court date is yet to be finalised.


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