Shocking footage shows a mask-less man beating police at a Covid hotspot in Sydney after they were forced to smash his car window when he locked himself in
- Man arrested and charged after alleged attack on police in Regents Park
- Reportedly locked himself in car while resisting arrest before police smashed the window
- The man reportedly refused to answer questions from police before the altercation
- Follows crackdown on non-compliance with 17,340 PINs given since August 16
A man has been charged after dramatic footage showed him punching police after they asked him why he wasn’t wearing a mask.
The 41-year-old reportedly refused to answer questions Thursday evening from police officers conducting Covid-19 compliance checks in Sydney’s western Regent’s Park.
He is accused of locking himself in his car and forcing officers to break the window to arrest him.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with assault by police after he threw punches at officers who smashed his car window when he allegedly locked himself inside
Footage of the incident has surfaced showing the man yelling at officers before pushing and punching them.
The man was restrained by several officers before being arrested and charged with assault by the police.
Witness Hassan Hamza said: the man was asked by the police why he was not wearing a mask before becoming aggressive, 9News reported.
The crackdown on non-compliance comes as police are on the hunt for a woman accused of spraying two officers with an unknown substance during a protest in far north NSW.
A construction site in Waverly was also shut down at the scene after it was found that hotspot LGA workers were not wearing masks or carrying permits that would allow them to work outside their LGA.
More than $13,000 in fines was handed out.
The man reportedly refused to answer police questions when he locked himself in his car and resisted arrest. Police smashed the window to make the arrest before the incident turned physical, the man pushed and beat officers
Since August 16, when the NSW Home Warrant was introduced, 17,340 fine infringement notices (PINS) have been issued.
The total number of PINs issued since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 is approaching 40,000.
$1 million in fines has been collected since the start of the pandemic, with more on the way with outstanding fines.