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Father of brothers accused of bashing top cop now facing his own charges

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The father of two brothers accused of bashing a top cop has been charged over his own tirade against police.

Jared Pihlgren posted a series of posts on social media, calling Assistant Commissioner Chris O’Neill a “maggot” and the force “swine”.

He wrote “You attack mine, god help yours”, adding “cops want war – let’s start gangland killings again”.

Sons Jay and Isaiah Stephens have been charged with an alleged unprovoked attack on Mr O’Neill near Heyington station at Toorak on Saturday.

Their 49-year-old father was in court for their first appearance this week.

The Southbank man now faces his own court battle.

He’s facing charges including using a carriage service to menace, intimidation offences and intentionally recording a proceeding without authority in the Melbourne Magistrates Court this evening.

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