Choking disgrace: Bodycam captures shocking moment a female officer is assaulted
NSW Police have released disturbing bodycam footage of a female officer allegedly being assaulted by a man resisting arrest.
The attack, footage of which was released by police today, has drawn condemnation from the Police Minister.
“This is an inexcusable attack on two officers who were simply responding to a call out to protect members of our community,” David Elliott said.
Two police officers attended a home on the Central Coast after reports of a domestic violence incident, where they were approached by a 35-year-old man.
Police say a struggle ensued when the officers attempted to arrest the man, who allegedly spat in the male officer’s face, elbowed him and twisted his genitals.
The female officer was allegedly punched in the face, grabbed around the neck and choked. A clump of hair was ripped from her scalp.
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Both officers were taken to hospital for treatment.
The man faces 13 charges, most of which relate to the violent arrest. He has been refused bail, and will appear before Wyong Local Court next week.
Tuggerah Lakes Police District Commander Superintendent John Gralton told Mark Levy his fellow officers are recovering, but are “clearly traumatised” by the event.
“The thin blue line gets a lot thicker during these times of adversity, and they certainly looked after each other.
“Mark, I really appreciate the support from you and your listeners.”
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Mr Elliott told Mark Levy he spoke to both of the police officers today who were involved in the traumatic incident, both in good spirits despite the confronting situation.
“It is a chilling reminder about what our police have to risk every day after work,” he said.
He said he has had a “gutful of police being used as punching bags”.
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