Airing the CCTV footage first released in an investigation by The Age’s Nick McKenzie without commentary, the show’s co-hosts Carrie Bickmore, Hamish Madonald, Peter Helliar and Steve Price wanted Australia to make up their own minds about how the police behaved that day in September last year.
According to The Age, John’s psychologist had been worried about his mental health because he was ‘coming down’ from prescription medication. So she called the police and asked that they check on him.
What proceeded was several minutes of footage caught on a security camera John installed after being burgled, showing the man cuffed and beaten while having abuse hurled at him, and then sprayed at close range with a high-pressure hose.
When the video finished, everyone in the room was lost for words, struggling to comprehend the events that could’ve led up to such a horrible incident happening in the first place.
The audience was shocked into silence.
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