A confused girl was in her father’s arms when he was scolded by two police officers for not wearing a mask in a Covid hotspot.
But he couldn’t comfort him because he was handcuffed with his arms behind his back, sprawled on the ground in a park in southwestern Sydney.
The troubled father, 31, was apprehended by police around 2:20 p.m. Saturday on a hiking trail in Garrison Point Reserve, in George’s Hall.
Police claimed he became verbally abusive and aggressive to the officers when they spoke to him about not wearing a mask.
“Officers warned the man about his behavior several times before he was arrested,” NSW police told the Daily Mail Australia.
A man was filmed being arrested at George’s Hall, in the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA in Sydney’s Covid-stricken southwestern suburbs, for violating a health order
George’s Hall is in Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, one of 12 LGAs with the vast majority of NSW’s Covid cases and is more tightly closed than the rest of Sydney.
Video taken by a passerby who stopped to intervene shows the man screaming as officers tell him to calm down.
“Come on guys, be a little honest,” said the man who was filming.
‘He has a daughter here, she is alone. Look, the little girl is scared man.’
The officers tell the man who is filming to calm down and they will explain the situation to him after they have finished talking to the father.
“He committed an offence,” the officer said.
“He didn’t commit any offense – I walked by and saw everything,” the filming man refutes.
The father tells one of the officers that he does not want to talk to them until his daughter is standing next to him.
The officers called for his daughter to go back to her father after he refused to cooperate, with the toddler walking over to her and sitting on her father’s lap
The officer gestures to the little girl to bring her father back, while the toddler walks over to her and plops onto her father’s lap.
The man who is filming tries to interrupt the arrest, but backs out after a police officer warns that he is interfering with the police.
“I was arrested because I was filming,” the father shouts.
“No, you were arrested for committing a criminal offence. We asked for a mask,” the officer replies.
“I told you I’m going to drop my daughter off at my sister-in-law’s and then I’m going for a run,” the man says.
One of the officers replied, ‘But then you have to leave. You’ve committed an offence.’
The officers remove the handcuffs after the man has calmed down and reiterate that he was arrested for ignoring a previous warning to get a mask.
However, the father insists he did nothing wrong and was handcuffed while asking the officers to clarify their direction.
The father claimed he was arrested after asking officers to clarify a warning about a public health violation
NSW police told Daily Mail Australia that the 31-year-old man was stopped and accosted by police for not wearing a face covering as officers conducted Covid compliance checks along Beatty Parade.
“He could not give a valid statement or exemption,” the NSW police said.
The man reportedly became verbally abusive and aggressive towards the police as they went about their duties.
“Agents warned the man about his behavior several times before he was arrested.”
The man was released and fined for not wearing a face tag, with no further action expected, police said.
Under NSW’s state-wide lockdown, residents are only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as authorized work, exercise, health care, to purchase vital goods or to get vaccinated.
Face masks are required in all indoor public areas — including shops, offices and common areas of apartment buildings — and outdoors unless you are exercising.
Police patrol Bankstown in western Sydney to enforce the lockdown. As in Canterbury-Bankstown, when the man was arrested, there are stricter restrictions than the rest of the city.
Those over the age of 18 who do not wear or wear a face mask can be fined $500, with penalties of $80 and $40 for younger age groups.
Anyone with an exemption must carry either a medical certificate from a doctor or a legal statement.
Those in Sydney’s 12 boroughs and 12 Penrith City Council suburbs that are under an ultra-hard lockdown are only allowed to exercise for one hour a day and are not allowed to leave the house from 9pm to 5am.
These include Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield.
The same rules apply to residents of the suburbs of Penrith, Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Marys.
Permits are also required for authorized employees traveling in or out of the affected LGAs.
NSW reported 1,290 new locally acquired cases of Covid on Monday – the highest daily number ever since the start of the pandemic.
Regional and rural parts of NSW will be required to stay at home until September 10, while Greater Sydney’s lockdown has been extended until at least the end of that month.
NSW face mask rules during Covid lockdown
– You must wear a face mask in non-residential buildings in NSW
– You must wear a mouth cap when using public transport
– You must wear a face mask in a large recreational facility
– You must have a face mask with you at all times if you are in the local government areas of Greater Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour
– You must wear a face mask when going out in a public area in the Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta and Strathfield llocal government areas
-You must wear a face mask when going out in the following Penrith City Council suburbs: Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair and St Mary’s.
– You must wear a face mask when traveling in a vehicle with a person you do not live with
– You must wear a face mask in the common areas of residential buildings in Greater Sydney.
Source: NSW Police