Footage shows teen tethered to cell door
Victoria police have launched an internal investigation into four officers after video was released showing a 15-year-old girl being tethered to a jail cell door for four hours.
Willow Kinloch, who is now 18, has launched a civil suit against police claiming excessive use of force and unlawful confinement during the incident three years ago.
Kinloch, who was picked up by police for being drunk in public, is shown on the video kicking her shoe at a prison matron.
She is then pressed against a wall by the matron. Two other officers wrestled her to the ground, while a fourth stood nearby in the padded cell. The video of the occurrence has been released by Kinloch’s lawyer, Richard Neary, who said the lawsuit is to provide compensation and to focus attention on what occurred.
"This is how they treat innocent people," a tearful Kinloch said.
She was picked up after a 9-1-1 caller alleged Kinloch had taken ecstasy and was drunk.
"Obviously we’re not happy about what transpired," said acting police chief Bill Naughton. "Our officers did everything in their power to find the young woman’s address and her parents on the evening in question."