Freedomroo – Anti-lockdown Melbourne protestor slapped and kicked in footage of Richmond rally

A police officer was filmed warning 'we've got cameras' after his colleagues wrestled an anti-lockdown protestor to the ground during a rally in Melbourne

A police officer was filmed warning ‘we’ve got cameras’ as his colleagues wrestled an anti-lockdown protestor to the ground during a rally in Melbourne. 

Footage showed four officers take down the demonstrator as police clashed with hundreds of protestors in Richmond on Saturday.

The man is seen being pulled to the roadside before he is pinned face down on the ground. 

Several officers kneel on the man while another appears to slap him across the back of the head.

‘We’ve got cameras, we’ve got cameras,’ an officer says.

It is unclear whether the officer made the comment to warn the protester or his colleagues during the scuffle. 

A police officer was filmed warning ‘we’ve got cameras’ after his colleagues wrestled an anti-lockdown protestor to the ground during a rally in Melbourne 

Footage showed four officers take down the demonstrator as police chased away hundreds of protestors in Richmond on Saturday

Footage showed four officers take down the demonstrator as police chased away hundreds of protestors in Richmond on Saturday

Another officer appears to knee the downed protestor as they try to place handcuffs on his wrists.

‘Put your hands behind your back,’ another officer yells.

Footage of the arrest was uploaded to social media where viewers took issue with the heavy-handed approach.

‘Absolutely disgraceful,’ one person commented.

Another person added: ‘Four on one man who is face down. These ‘people’ are something else. I don’t even know how you get people to behave like this.’

A Victoria Police spokesperson said they were not aware of any formal complaints being made.

Police said 235 people were arrested, most for breaching health directions, but some were charged with assault, riotous behaviour and weapons and drug offences.

Ten police were injured while dealing with the rally, with injuries including a broken elbow and broken nose. 

Commander Mark Galliott said bottles and stones were thrown at police.

‘Angry aggressive young males (were) there to fight the police, not to protest about freedoms,’ he said.

Police said between 500 and 700 mostly maskless demonstrators gathered in Richmond about midday after the location of the protest was changed at the last minute to evade authorities.

Police said between 500 and 700 mostly maskless demonstrators gathered in Richmond about midday after the location of the protest was changed at the last minute to evade authorities

Police said between 500 and 700 mostly maskless demonstrators gathered in Richmond about midday after the location of the protest was changed at the last minute to evade authorities

Some 2,000 officers were deployed to try to stop the rally going ahead, while the CBD was closed off with a 'ring of steel' and public transport into the city suspended

Some 2,000 officers were deployed to try to stop the rally going ahead, while the CBD was closed off with a ‘ring of steel’ and public transport into the city suspended

At one stage, dozens of people ran at police in a clash that saw officers knocked to the ground and protesters doused with capsicum spray.

Some 2,000 officers were deployed to try to stop the rally going ahead, while the CBD was closed off with a ‘ring of steel’ and public transport into the city suspended.

Opposition police spokesman Brad Battin told reporters that while he did not encourage anyone to protest, he could understand the frustration of people subjected to extended lockdowns.

‘It’s a build-up of frustration, a build-up of confusion,’ he said. 

Police Association of Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said the riot squad was not deployed to help uniformed officers in Richmond, despite being in the city on standby.

Police Association of Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said the riot squad was not deployed to help uniformed officers in Richmond, despite being in the city on standby

Police Association of Victoria secretary Wayne Gatt said the riot squad was not deployed to help uniformed officers in Richmond, despite being in the city on standby

‘They are discussions that we will have with Victoria Police,’ he said.

‘We’ll do work in the coming days and during the coming hours just to work out what happened and why those decisions were taken, because the last thing we want is our members to go home with serious injuries.’

He said the chief commissioner’s decision to shut down public transport on Saturday morning was the right one.

‘Had he not taken that decision, our members would have been confronted with thousands upon thousands of protesters, and those scenes would have been amplified,’ Mr Gatt said.

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