Video footage not a good look at all

NEWS: V/Line inspectors under scrutiny over 'heavy-handed' restraint

THE video footage of V/Line authorised officers removing a 62-year-old man travelling from Castlemaine to Melbourne and pinning him to the Sunbury station platform isn't a good look.

Granted we only have this footage to make a judgement on and have no vision of what happened beforehand inside the train carriage.

But the actions of the man once removed from the train hardly constituted the 'heavy handed' tactics employed by the authorised officers as highlighted by Victorian Ombudsman George Brouwer.

There wasn't much fight in this man and he appeared far from a serious risk to the burly officers surrounding him.

It's hard to see why they would have treated this man, described by a police officer as 'frail', in such a way.

It's hard to see why they would have treated this man, described by a police officer as 'frail', in such a way.

There's little doubt these officers would see all aspects of society in their daily employment.

Some of the people they would encounter would be less than accommodating with their behaviour.

But that wasn't this elderly man.

We can only hope this entire episode is used as a training exercise as Ombudsman Brouwer suggests and next time around a bit more discretion is used.

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