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Australia: Three police officers under investigation over arrest video in Perth court

THREE police officers are under investigation after shocking arrest vision was played in a Perth court.

In the disturbing vision, the officers – known only as Hitchen, Richardson and Thompson – are seen kicking a woman to the ground and repeatedly punching a man they were holding down in Hamilton Hill.

The officers had claimed the woman, Jacqueline Briffa, had tried to grab one of the constable’s guns, but the video showed otherwise in court.

Ms Briffa was charged with three counts of assaulting a police officer and attempting to possess a firearm, but those charges were thrown out after the video was played in court.

Magistrate Malley then accused the three officers of misleading the court, saying “the allegation the accused partially removed Richardson’s gun, frankly, is nonsense”.