Victorians have lost faith in Victoria Police in record numbers during Melbourne's seemingly never-ending Stage Four lockdown, a new poll has revealed.
Disturbing results indicate only 42 per cent of Victorians now rate Victoria Police highly for their ethics and honesty compared to to a record high 76 percent in mid-2017.
The fourth Roy Morgan snap SMS survey on Victoria’s Stage Four restrictions suggests Victoria Police has suffered a public relations nightmare amid disturbing allegations of heavy handed tactics.
Police arrest a woman on Elsternwick Beach last month after breaking up a protest at a nearby park
A man is arrested on a Melbourne beach last month amid Stage Four lockdowns
Victoria Police patrol through Chadstone Shopping Centre on September 20. Melburnians have complained they now live in a police state
Roy Morgan chief executive officer Michele Levine said Victoria Police had attracted a degree of controversy in recent weeks after the release of several videos on social media that highlighted alleged COVID-19 lawbreakers being subject to potentially ‘heavy-handed’ police action.
These included the arrest of a pregnant woman in her own home in Ballarat over a Facebook post, elderly ladies being confronted on park benches for not wearing masks and a woman being forcibly removed from her car after refusing to provide her driver’s licence.
Victorians were appalled when video emerged last month of a Victoria Police officer stomping a man’s head during an arrest in Epping
Video further captured the man being run down by police in their squad car.
The 32-year-old father was placed in an induced coma following the incident.
Both incidents remain the subject of criminal investigations by Victoria's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.
Victorians have been further angered by the 'no-nonsense approach' of Victoria Police top brass, who continue to belittle those fed-up with the lock down.
Victoria Police assistant commissioner Luke Cornelius has been among the worst offenders, labelling protesters the 'tinfoil hat wearing brigade'.
Just weeks before the latest poll, Mr Cornelius lashed out at protesters from the comfort of his pulpit at police headquarters.
'I feel a bit like a dog returning to eat his own vomit,' he crowed. 'I'm sick of it.'
Zoe Buhler said she did not realise she was doing anything wrong by starting a Facebook event asking people to meet in Ballarat. She was arrested in her pyjamas last month
Police converge on some elderly Melburnians who were not wearing masks. One officer was seen snatching a phone off one of the