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Suspension ruling due in Victoria cop CCTV case

Six police officers are set to find out if they will be suspended after being filmed manhandling a disability pensioner in Melbourne.

John was dragged from his Preston home in September by officers conducting a welfare check, with CCTV footage showing him being hit with a baton, pepper-sprayed and squirted with a garden hose.

"Do you like that? Smells good, doesn't it?" one officer is heard saying after John was sprayed.

A specialist police unit is expected to decide on Thursday whether the officers involved will be stood down or re-assigned amid an ongoing investigation by Victoria's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.

IBAC also confirmed it would investigate additional allegations of police misconduct, including the treatment of a man after he tried to rob a Preston chemist.

CCTV from 2016 showed one of four officers kneeling on the 23-year-old before he is kicked in the head, hit with a baton and stomped on the back.

Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the two sets of footage, made public by the ABC and the Age, "certainly demand explanation".

Legal groups said the incidents highlight the need for a separate body to handle misconduct complaints against police, instead of IBAC, which lawyers said handed many cases back to the force.


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