John installed a CCTV system at his house in Melbourne’s northern suburbs after it was burgled a few years back.
It was supposed to capture robbers — not police.
But the video it recorded in October 2017 shows a number of Victoria Police officers dragging the disability pensioner into his front yard, where he is pinned to the ground.
One officer repeatedly beats John across the lower legs.
“I thought I was going to die,” John told 7.30.
John was ill and distressed, withdrawing from the pain medication he has been on since his back surgery.
He has anxiety and depression and his health carers called emergency services, concerned by his deteriorating mental state.
He also has a minor assault on his police record from 10 years ago.
Police dispatch notes warned that John may confront police and attempt to provoke them into shooting him.