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Man sues Victoria Police after arrest as part of operation that foiled Anzac Day terror plot

Teegan Dolling

Eathan Cruse was arrested as part of an operation that foiled an Anzac Day terror plot.

A teenager arrested as part of an operation that foiled an Anzac Day terror plot is now suing Victoria Police for brutality.

Eathan Cruse claims officers kicked and punched him in the face during a raid on his parents’ Eumemmerring home in April 2015.

He also claims he now suffers depression as a result.

Eathan Cruse is now suing Victoria Police.
Eathan Cruse is now suing Victoria Police.Picture: 7 News

“I got kicked in the head, then (the officer) grabs me, slams me onto the fridge … and then he hit me with his gun,” he told 7 News shortly after his arrest.

The Muslim convert was aged 19 when he was arrested in an early morning raid and released without charge.

His friend, Sevdet Besin, was later sentenced to 14 years’ jail for planning to behead a police officer on Anzac Day.

According to 7 News, Cruse was also close with Numan Haider, who was shot dead by police after stabbing two terrorism officers.

Injuries Eathan Cruse claims he suffered during his arrest.
Injuries Eathan Cruse claims he suffered during his arrest.Picture: 7 News

“I didn’t know anything about (the Anzac Day plot),” Mr Cruse said.

“(Sevdet’s) a good friend. I love him, he’s a good guy.”

Mr Cruse’s father Glen is also critical of the force police used when the home was raided.

“He was only a skinny little kid but somehow two cops couldn’t subdue him,” he said.

In a joint statement seen by 7 News, Cruse’s lawyers and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service say the family were unsatisfied with the outcome of the police complaints system, and decided to take legal action.

Cruse is seeking compensation for his significant mental injuries.

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