Antimasker ‘smashed’ policewoman’s head into concrete during violent confrontation

A police officer is recovering from a violent assault in Melbourne’s east, after her head was bashed into concrete several times during a confrontation with an anti-masker.

Victorian police reported the horrific instance at this morning’s press conference, where a further 439 infections were announced, along with another 11 deaths.

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The 26-year-old was on patrol with a partner at a shopping centre in Frankston, when they approached a 38-year-old woman who wasn’t wearing a mask.

After asking the woman why she wasn’t following the state’s directive, a ‘scuffle’ then unfolded.

The anti-masker then ‘smashed the head of the policewoman several times into a concrete area on the ground’, according to Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton.

The Deputy Commissioner used the incident to articulate just how difficult it has been for police to enforce the mandatory mask wearing rule across the state.

“That behaviour is just totally unacceptable. That’s someone who thinks they’re above the law. They’re not wearing a mask. 

“They’re approached and asked the reason why not and then to react like that is just completely over the top. It’s this type of irresponsible behaviour that we’re going to address.

“That woman was taken back to the police station, charged with significant offences and bailed due to no criminal history.

“It shows how things can escalate from non-adherence. The message is clear from me and it’s simple. We want you to stay at home.

“We want you to stay at home. We expect to at here to the Chief Health Officer guidelines. If you don’t, we will enforce those.

“We will issue infringements. We will arrest you. We will detain you where we have to,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

Police will now have the power to issue on-the-spot fines of up to $5,000, the largest on-the-spot fines in the state’s history.

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