‘He’s choking me!’: Confronting moment male police officer ‘STRANGLES’ a woman who refused to wear a face mask during a violent arrest on the streets of Melbourne amid draconian coronavirus lockdown rules
- A shocked onlooker filmed the moment a woman was arrested in Melbourne
- The woman was caught not wearing a mask in the city, which is against the rules
- Arrest turned violent when officer appeared to place his hands around her neck
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Disturbing footage has emerged showing a woman being choked by a male police officer during a violent arrest in Melbourne after she was caught not wearing a face mask.
The video, which was captured by an onlooker in an apartment building in the locked down city, begins with the male police officer speaking to the red headed woman in baggy jeans.
The woman can clearly be seen without a face mask, which is in breach of public health orders that were introduced on July 19 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must now cover their face when they leave the house or face a $200 fine under draconian Stage 4 lockdown restrictions.
But the incident quickly turned violent when officer appeared to place his hands around her neck, clearly visible because of his lilac latex gloves.
The video, which was captured by an onlooker in an apartment building in Melbourne, begins with the male officer speaking to the red headed girl in baggy jeans (pictured, left and right)
In the first clip, which has been shared on Facebook, the pair seem to be arguing in the street when the officer grabs the woman by her arm but she resists.
There is a struggle between the pair when the woman appears to place her hands around the officer’s vest, the officer then retaliates by placing his hands around her neck.
The woman attempts to free herself. ‘What the f***?’ she says.
‘Get the f*** off me,’ she screams.
A man with a purple scarf then appears, who is seen filming the incident from the footpath as another police officer shows up.
The female officer appears to try to speak to the woman as the male officer keeps his grip around her neck.
‘He’s choking me,’ she can be heard saying.
As the officer pushes her against the wall the woman then punches the male officer before she kicks the female.
A female officer appears to try to speak to the woman as the male officer keeps his grip around her neck (pictured, left and right)
The man in the purple scarf then yells for the officer to get off her, saying she has an excuse for not wearing a mask. ‘She went to the doctor yesterday,’ he says
‘F*** you,’ she yells.
The male officer then pulls the girl to the ground and attempts to push her face down to arrest her.
But the woman continues to resist, yelling ‘what have I done?’
In the next clip the male officer can be seen sitting on top of the woman as he waits for back up to arrive.
The onlooker in the purple scarf continues to film the incident from different angles.
The woman can be seen struggling, with her feet flapping against the footpath.
The man in the purple scarf then yells for the officer to get off her, saying she has an excuse for not wearing a mask.
‘She went to the doctor yesterday. Look what you’re causing. You’re f***ing hypocrites,’ he said.
In another clip five officers can be seen surrounding the woman who is now laying face down on the footpath with the officer still on top of her (pictured)
Premier Dan Andrews had warned the time for leniency was over when he announced the tougher restrictions on Sunday, August 2 (Pictured, police in Melbourne)
Mr Andrews promised to crackdown on those disobeying draconian lockdown rules (pictured, police on patrol on Sunday in Fitzroy Gardens)
‘Go f*** yourself,’ the woman says again.
‘Go f*** yourself officer.
‘Why am I under arrest? Assault? I did not assault you, you grabbed me.’
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 21,084
New South Wales: 3,861
Western Australia: 642
South Australia: 459
Australian Capital Territory: 113
Northern Territory: 33
TOTAL CASES: 21,084
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 8155
In another clip, five officers can be seen surrounding the woman who is now laying face down on the footpath with the officer still on top of her.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Police for further details.
The footage comes after about 30 people attended a ‘freedom rally’ to protest the coronavirus lockdown in Melbourne on Sunday.
Up to 400 people were expected to kick off the illegal protest on the steps of Parliament amid the city’s strict stage 4 lockdown.
But most of the people who vowed to protest never showed up.
Six people were arrested because they refused to provide their personal details to police, but were later released with a $1,652 fine after they complied.
Premier Dan Andrews had warned the time for leniency was over when he announced the tougher restrictions on Sunday August 2.
He promised to crackdown on those disobeying draconian lockdown rules, saying there would be more police and Australian Defence Force personnel out in force ensuring residents are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer.
Huge fines of up to $19,826 for individuals and $99,132 for businesses will apply to anyone caught breaking the rules.
‘Those doing the wrong thing will cop a fine from Victoria Police, because the only way to beat this deadly virus is if we all follow the rules,’ Mr Andrews said.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton also issued a warning to anyone refusing to follow the rules.
‘If you’re not doing the right thing, we will not hesitate to issue infringements, to arrest you, to detain you where it’s appropriate.’
WHAT MELBOURNE’S STAGE FOUR LOCKDOWN MEANS FOR YOU
State of disaster: Increased police powers to enforce the lockdown. Cautions will no longer be issued, only $1,652 fines or court summons
Curfew: No one allowed outside 8pm to 5am except for work, medical, caregiving – no shopping or exercising
Distance limit: Shopping and exercise can only be done 5km from home
Exercise: All recreational activity is banned and you can only exercise, with one other person, for one hour a day
Partners: You can visit a boyfriend or girlfriend who doesn’t live with you, even if they live more than 5km away
Shopping: Only one person can go shopping per household per day
Cafes and restaurants stay open for takeaway, as do supermarkets, etc
Schools: All students learning from home from Wednesday unless they are vulnerable or parents are essential workers. Kindy and childcare close on Thursday (same exceptions apply)
Funerals: No change to funeral limits, but only 10 mourners can leave Melbourne to regional Victoria for one
Weddings: Completely banned
Public transport: Slashed after 8pm and cancelled late at night
Community sport: All community sport across Victoria is now banned. Only exercise is allowed within the permitted public gathering limits of two people.