Horrific moment cops STOMP on the head of an unmasked man on the streets of ...

A horrifying video has emerged showing police officers booting an unmasked man in the head during a brutal arrest in Melbourne.   

Shocking footage posted online on Sunday shows a group of officers chasing a man on to the median strip of a road in Epping in the city's north. 

Once surrounded, an officer can be seen kicking the shirtless man as he lay flat on the ground, rolling him into a face-down position. 

As the man wriggles in an attempt to get up, a second officer kicks his head down.

The group of six officers then pile on to the man's back to pin him down before putting him in handcuffs.

Police officers were filmed  (pictured) kicking a man during a brutal arrest in Epping, in Melbourne's north, on Sunday afternoon

Police officers were filmed  (pictured) kicking a man during a brutal arrest in Epping, in Melbourne's north, on Sunday afternoon

Distressed onlookers watching the skirmish unfold pulled over in their car to film.

'Are you  f*****g kidding me?' the driver can be heard saying.

The motorist then yells at the police to stop kicking the man before his passenger urges him to be quiet.

Victoria Police said the incident unfolded after officers were called to Cooper Street to reports of a male behaving erratically about 4.10pm. 

'Upon arrival the male allegedly became aggressive and damaged a police vehicle whilst attempting to avoid arrest,' a police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia .  

'During the highly dynamic incident a police officer was assaulted and OC spray was deployed before the man was arrested and subsequently taken to hospital for assessment.'

The arrest has been referred to Professional Standards Command.

The disturbing incident came just hours after hundreds of protesters clashed with police during a violent anti-lockdown demonstration at the Queen Victoria Market, in the city's CBD. 

Victorian police officers arrest a female protester near the Queen Victoria Markets, during a popup anti-mask and anti lockdown protest at the market on Sunday

Victorian police officers arrest a female protester near the Queen Victoria Markets, during a popup anti-mask and anti lockdown protest at the market on Sunday

A sea of police descended on the demonstration, which saw 74 people arrested and 176 infringement notices issued

A sea of police descended on the demonstration, which saw 74 people arrested and 176 infringement notices issued

A police motorcycle rider could be seen knocking an anti-lockdown protester to the ground as tensions escalated over the Victorian government's strict coronavirus restrictions

A police motorcycle rider could be seen knocking an anti-lockdown protester to the ground as tensions escalated over the Victorian government's strict coronavirus restrictions

Up to 250 residents amassed as tensions escalate over the city's Stage Four restrictions, which prohibit Melburnians from leaving home for non-essential reasons. 

Protesters chanting 'Freedom' and 'Power to the people' were outnumbered by officers, with some demonstrators throwing fruit at police after raiding market stalls. 

Seventy four people were arrested and at least 176 infringement notices were issued for breaching the Chief Health Officer directions.  

Police said many protesters were aggressive and threatened violence towards officers, however no members of the force were injured.

'It was extremely disappointing to see people not just protesting, but putting the lives of other Victorians at risk despite all the warnings,' a Victoria Police spokesperson said. 

A woman was detained by police as hundreds flocked to Melbourne's CBD to demand restrictions be eased

A woman was detained by police as hundreds flocked to Melbourne's CBD to demand restrictions be eased 

'Our investigations into this protest will continue, and we expect to issue further fines once the identity of individuals has been confirmed.'

Footage of violent scuffles and officers on horseback moving through a group inside the market has been posted online.

'There were a few tense moments when protesters started grabbing fruit and throwing it at police,' photographer Erik Anderson said from the scene.

Protesters yelled 'this is not a police state' and 'you've got to be on the right side of history'. 

Huge crowds of protesters were filmed marching down empty streets in Melbourne, calling for Daniel Andrews to ease the city's draconian lockdown restrictions.

One man was spotted kicking a police horse as officers attempted to calm crowds hurling abuse at them as they rode through the markets.  

Melbourne remains in a Stage Four lockdown, meaning residents cannot leave their houses without a valid reason, and restrictions are in place to limit movement more than 5km from a person's home. 

A woman hangs out of a car window near police wearing masks during the anti-lockdown protest

A woman hangs out of a car window near police wearing masks during the anti-lockdown protest

A man appeared to be in pain as officers restrained his arms as he laid on the cement

A man appeared to be in pain as officers restrained his arms as he laid on the cement

Pictures taken at the scene show officers shepherding protesters through the streets and arresting people who do not comply with orders

Pictures taken at the scene show officers shepherding protesters through the streets and arresting people who do not comply with orders

The restrictions remain in place, and both a State of Emergency and State of Disaster, have been extended a further four weeks despite the embattled state only recording 41 new cases and seven deaths on Sunday. 

The latest figures released on Sunday morning take the state's death toll to 723 and the national count to 810 since the start of the pandemic in late January. 

Leading up to the demonstration, organisers used encrypted phone apps to communicate, in an attempt to avoid police finding out the location of the planned rally, the Herald Sun reported. 

In messages sent to participants, organisers encouraged people to 'be agile, like water' and stick together throughout the course of the day.

'Be ready to swarm the location to assemble. Once we have assembled, we are all safe,' one of the organisers said.

Police previously vowed to issue more $1,652 fines ahead of Sunday's protest.

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Sunday, September 13

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne, Sunday, September 13

Mounted police used their horses to break through heavy congestion, moving people along in the process

Mounted police used their horses to break through heavy congestion, moving people along in the process

'Police had significant prevention activity in the lead up to and duration of today's which included visiting 90 persons of interest to urge them not to attend,' a police statement on Saturday said.

'Our investigations into this protest will continue, and we expect to issue further fines once the identity of individuals has been confirmed.'

'Anyone thinking of attending a protest can expect the same swift and firm response from police as has occurred today and at previous protests that were in breach of Chief Health Officer restrictions.' 

Friction between authorities and residents has been heating since Premier Dan Andrews declared a state of disaster and ordered Victoria into lockdown on August 2.  

Footage of violent scuffles and officers on horseback moving through a group inside the market has been posted online

Footage of violent scuffles and officers on horseback moving through a group inside the market has been posted online

One man was arrested after calling out to police and showing them an anti-government sign on Saturday morning

One man was arrested after calling out to police and showing them an anti-government sign on Saturday morning

In response to growing resistance to restrictions, police have stepped up enforcement measures on those caught breaching COVID-19 laws, with videos of dramatic arrests going viral online.

Hours before the weekend's protest, a young woman was filmed being dragged from her car by police at a COVID blockade in Wallan, 60km north of Melbourne. 

Natalie Bonett, 29, was stopped and told it was against the law to have her phone attached to a car charger which was mounted onto her windshield.

When she refused to state her name or step out of the vehicle, an officer reached into the car to remove her as she screamed and resisted. 

A clip earlier this month featured a pregnant woman being arrested in front of her young children after posting about an anti-lockdown rally online, while another man's door was kicked down for the same offence. 

An hour before an ultrasound appointment, Zoe-Lee Buhler, 28, was handcuffed on September 2 over Facebook live stream from her Ballarat home and charged with incitement after allegedly organising a protest via social media. 

The heavy enforcements have drawn public scrutiny, including from a man claiming to be a former Victorian police officer, who slammed the Andrews government's response to coronavirus as 'disgusting'. 

Footage of violent scuffles and officers on horseback moving through a group inside the market has been posted online

Footage of violent scuffles and officers on horseback moving through a group inside the market has been posted online

Speaking to Rebel News at a Freedom Protest last week, the man said Victoria had turned into a police state and the strict measures were unwarranted.

'I'm disgusted by the way the police handled these two incidents,' he told reporter Avi Yemini, reflecting on the viral arrests. 

'I'm an ex-copper. Coppers can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, but that is just absolutely beyond the pale. 

'I didn't mind the lockdown originally, but now it is just becoming a joke. We feel like the French resistance in World War Two.

'The whole scenario is just not what it should be.'   

Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'

Another mask-wearer was seen being spoken to by an officer while holding a sign that read: 'I am just exercising...my human rights'

A man wears a face shield with Mr Andrews' head on the back while speaking to police at the march

A man wears a face shield with Mr Andrews' head on the back while speaking to police at the march

The 64-year-old said the force was different when he served in the 80s and 90s because officers would 'punch on with hard criminals, not people'. 

Based on his experiences working in courts, the man said experts could be hired to say what is wanted by those who

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