Welcome to Australia where you get bashed for not wearing a mask.
Five men who were arrested and brutally bashed by Strike Force Raptor officers in a violent confrontation at a petrol station in Sydney’s west will likely sue after NSW Police dropped all charges against them.
Police had approached the men outside a Guildford service station in September because neither was allegedly wearing a face mask – a breach of the draconian Public Health Order at the time.
Did it warrant a bashing?…clearly not. But that’s how Australian police operate.
Officers from the Strike Force Raptor, a specialized squad that targets the criminal activity of outlaw bikie gangs, alleged the men were associates of a criminal group and became aggressive, strangely that claim wasn’t caught on camera because it’s most likely not true. Officers claim one punched an officer. Again, wasn’t caught on camera. But the police bashing the men was.
As the police kicked the crap out of the men, a voice on the video can be heard saying: They didn’t do anything, they just didn’t have a mask on,”
CCTV video shows a police officer kneeing one of the men up to five times as he lay on the ground.
The five men – Khalid, Hussein, and Fadi Zreika, and two others -are all reported to be linked to the Alameddine family.
The men said they were in the petrol station purchasing face masks.
CCTV from the petrol station shows that was true.
Police allege they were hit with a flurry of punches to the head and torso, as well as being struck with arms, elbows and knees. Again, with all the cameras and footage this seems to be a lie.
CCTV and phone video contradict those claims by police.
Now, police have dropped the charges and are looking at a lawsuit.
All charges of assaulting police and resisting arrest have been withdrawn by police.
As a result of the charges being laid, the men spent the night behind bars.
They’re now seeking legal costs and are likely to sue police for what they say is an illegal arrest that could cost the police force tens of thousands of dollars.
At the time of the arrests, Raptor Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Jason Weinstein said he made “no apology for the actions of the police who acted within the bounds of the law”.
“If you associate, facilitate or participate in a criminal group you should expect police to be watching you – ensuring every move you make in the public domain is acceptable and consistent with everyone else in the community,” he said.