Australian police were caught on camera ramming a squad car into the back of a mentally ill man — then stomping on his head, leaving him in an induced coma in intensive care.
Several officers from the Victoria Police were filmed trying to stop father of three Timothy Atkins, 32, who fled a hospital in Epping on Sunday after waiting a day to be treated for a bipolar episode, the Herald Sun said.
Passersby then recorded shocking videos of a police car ramming into him from behind, sending him flying to the ground — and then officers attacking him as at least six tackled him.
“Am I witnessing this? What the f–k!” one of the men filming the clip said while recording, adding, “Are you kidding me? Are you f—ing kidding me?”
“They punched him multiple times, kicked him multiple times, and — worst of all — stomped on his head while he was down,” the witness told 7 News, calling it “absolutely disgusting.”
Atkins was taken back to the same hospital he had just fled and put in an induced coma in ICU, his father, Glenn Atkins, told local media.
The dad told 7 News it was “sickening, absolutely sickening” to watch the videos, which was how his son’s family discovered what had happened.
“It could’ve killed him,” he said — comparing it to “some crap you’d see from America” and the high-profile incidents of police violence.
“It is like watching a video from America, or Beirut,” Glenn Atkins told the Herald Sun, saying the officers were “kicking him and he wasn’t even fighting back.”
“Timothy is a gentle giant, I feel sick to my guts. I am full of anger and sadness,” he said. “They don’t need to do that to a person with a mental illness, who didn’t even fight back. My son was scared and confused. No one can tell me this was the right thing to do.”
The dad — whose brother was a cop — said officers “have the worst job in the world” but “are not above the law.”
“They should be held accountable,” he told the paper.
Victoria Police said they responded to a “highly dynamic” incident after reports of a man behaving erratically about 4:10 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the arrest came after an officer was assaulted by the man, who “became aggressive and damaged a police vehicle” and had shaken off being hit with pepper spray, the reports said.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said body camera footage would be reviewed by force’s Professional Standards Command before a decision was made on relieving the officers of duties.
Police misconduct lawyer Jeremy King, who is representing Atkins’ family, called the videos “sickening to watch.”
“I would be fairly confident to say that in the Victoria Police manual regarding their approved tactics, you’re not allowed to ram somebody with a vehicle and you’re certainly not allowed to stomp on their head,” he told Australia’s ABC News.
Fake ‘Game of Thrones’-themed firms nabs $6M in PPP loans: feds
Shame of thrones!
A North Carolina businessman is accused of fraudulently raking in more than $6 million in coronavirus relief aid for phony companies named after “Game of Thrones” characters and references, according to reports.
Tristan Pan, 38, from Garner, N.C., allegedly submitted more than a dozen sham applications when he applied for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan on behalf of his “businesses” — listed as Khaleesi LLC, The Night’s Watch LLC, and White Walker LLC, NBC reported.
His fake firm White Walker— named after the icy humanoid featured on the hit HBO series — along with another one of his businesses acquired $1.7 million after he submitted paperwork with false tax documents to a bank, the station reported, citing a federal indictment filed last week.
It wasn’t clear how much money Khaleesi LLC — named after the”Mother of Dragons” character played by Emilia Clarke in the fantasy series — or Night’s Watch LLC, a nod to the show’s military order, acquired during the alleged scam.
The move, which fleeced federal cash meant to help out small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis, left the feds breathing fire.
Law enforcement seized $6.1 million from Pan, according to Forbes. He was charged with wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.
Pan has also formed several other companies over the past decade, including Pan Realty, Technology for Teaching, NC Health Care Reform Advisors, A&D Pan Legacy, Health Care Without Borders and Digital Encryption Storage, according to the report.
COVID-19 clusters in NYC growing at an alarming rate
The outer borough COVID spike is growing.
City Hall revealed late Wednesday that the major southern Brooklyn coronavirus outbreak cluster now spans from Brighton Beach all the way to eastern Crown Heights — as officials added a slew of new neighborhoods to the list of those witnessing concerning spikes in COVID test rates.
Clusters in Southern Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Central Queens and Far Rockaway neighborhoods recorded positive coronavirus infection rates between 3 and almost 7 percent based on a two week rolling average that’s continuing to drive up the citywide infection rate past 3 percent.
Five zip codes in Brooklyn and Queens already on the city’s COVID hotspot watchlist — now grown to 10 neighborhoods with infection rates higher than 3 percent — tracked spikes over a 24-hour period.
Borough Park’s positive infection rate rests at 6.51 percent, up .0.28 percent compared to Tuesday’s data, Bensonhurst/Mapleton saw a 0.26 percent increase over the same time period, bringing the neighborhood to a 6.31 percent average infection rate.
Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay’s infection rate is recorded at 4.13 percent, up 0.08 percent, and Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok is at 3.68 percent — also an increase of 0.08 compared to the previous day.
A new neighborhood — Fresh Meadows/Hillcrest — was added to Gotham’s hotspot list, tracking a 3.08 percent infection rate — a 0.22 increase from the day prior.
Meanwhile, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Flatlands, Kew Gardens saw slight declines in their positive infection rates, although they alarmingly remained above the city’s 3 percent threshold.
These ten areas make up over 27.5 percent of Gotham’s new virus cases over the past two weeks, accounting for 7.5 percent of the city’s overall population.
City health officials also added a new category of seven communities recording virus upticks hovering between an average of 2 to 3 percent — which include Williamsburg, Crown Heights East, Bedford-Stuyvesant West,/Clinton Hill/Fort Greene and Hillcrest/Jamaica Estates/Jamaica Hills.
Viral videos and firsthand reporting by The Post give witness to maskless gatherings and large crowds, despite continuous pleas by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for New Yorkers to practice social distancing and don face coverings.
De Blasio has also threatened to rollback progress in certain areas if noncompliance persists, and even close public schools should positive infection rates persist above 3 percent on a seven day rolling average.
The clusters — several home to members of the Orthodox Jewish community — have drawn ire from Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who said he spoke with Jewish leaders Wednesday.
“I spoke to the leaders of the Orthodox community this morning and we had a good conversation,” Cuomo told reporters during a late-morning conference call.
“We’re nowhere near herd immunity,” he seethed, listing eight hotspots in Brooklyn and Queens have also landed themselves on a statewide list tracking New York’s top ten zip codes seeing COVID-19 spikes.
Cuomo slammed local governments — without naming Mayor de Blasio — but he did complain that compliance enforcement by the state police were not enough, and he may need local police departments — including the NYPD — to lend officers for a special COVID compliance task force.
“The local governments must do compliance,” he insisted.
“It is a state law and the localities must enforce it…they have to enforce the state law and they’re not doing it with enough diligence. Period.”
“They’ve made it worse, not better,” he criticized local officials.
Cuomo has also questioned members of the NYPD’s alleged refusal to wear masks, asking Tuesday:
“What kind of message does that send?” during a phone call with reporters.
When questioned on the topic Wednesday, De Blasio told reporters officers who flout the rule should “face penalties” he has brought up the issue with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“Our officers should be held to the same standard as all citizens, all public standards,” he said during his daily televised press conference.
The state Health Department recorded a 1.2 percent positive infection rate over the last 24-hour period for New York City.
The statewide average stands at 1.02 percent following 97,960 tests performed and 1,000 recorded as positive.
There were nine deaths in the Empire State, as well as 605 individuals hospitalized, 144 patients admitted to the ICU and of that group, 67 were intubated.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks
HS football player in critical condition after enduring ‘traumatic brain injury’
An Atlanta high school football player is in critical condition after suffering a “traumatic brain injury” during his homecoming game on Friday.
Jordan Sloan, a 15-year-old sophomore at Pace Academy in Atlanta and a wide receiver for the school’s varsity team, is in critical condition at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta after undergoing brain surgery for injury he sustained during a game on Friday, a spokesperson for the school said in a statement to FOX 5.
“We are grateful for the overwhelming show of love and concern for Jordan, his family and the Pace community,” the spokesperson said. “As a school, our focus is supporting Jordan and his family and caring for our students, faculty and staff. We ask that you continue to offer prayers for healing and recovery.”
Details surrounding the incident were not immediately known but, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jordan played until the third quarter in the game against Westminster where he totaled three receptions for 38 yards.
He was also a member of the school’s basketball team.
A spokesperson sent a statement on behalf of the family to FOX 5.
“This is an extraordinarily difficult time for Jordan’s family and much is still unknown about his condition. The family is hoping and praying for the best-case scenario and appreciates the outpouring of support from friends, family and the community.”
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