Two police officers have been savagely bashed by a group of drunken thugs in a sickening assault caught on camera.
The violent scenes on the streets of St Kilda, in Melbourne’s south, were filmed by a nearby taxi driver who watched on in horror as the officers quickly became outnumbered.
One of the officers can be seen lying on the ground while a man repeatedly smashes his head into the ground.
Despite having his head struck on the pavement, he somehow manages to break free and get to his feet – but it is not for long.
His attacker races after him, knocking the officer to the ground again, this time on top of two women.
Taxi driver Qaiser Ali filmed the brutality, fearing the officer was going to be killed.
“Someone was yelling, ‘Help’,” he recalled.
As back-up finally arrived, the thug who dealt the vicious blows did not hang around.
He was caught on security camera fleeing the scene and abandoning his friends.
A 26-year-old man was handcuffed and apprehended.
For some members of the group the police presence was hardly a deterrent, with fights continuing to break out in front of officers.
Police Association Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said the violence was appalling.
“I’ve seen a lot of things but this is the most horrific assault on a police officer I’ve seen,” he told 7 News.
Superintendent Tony Silva said the behaviour was inexcusable and deserved punishment.
“If they’re going to behave like animals it means being locked up like an animal,” he said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 1800.
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