Residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must now cover their face when they leave the house or face a $200 fine under draconian stage four lockdown restrictions.
Disturbing footage has emerged showing a woman being choked by a male police officer during a violent arrest in Melbourne after she was caught not wearing a face mask.
The video was captured by an onlooker in an apartment building in Wellington Street, Collingwood, in the locked down city at 5pm on Monday.
The woman can clearly be seen without a face mask, which is in breach of public health orders that were introduced on July 19 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
But the confrontation quickly turned violent when officer appeared to place his hands around her neck, clearly visible because of his lilac latex gloves.
The onlooker in the purple scarf, who has been identified as her boyfriend, continues to film the incident from different angles.
Her boyfriend yells for the officer to get off her, saying she has an excuse for not wearing a mask.
‘She went to the doctor yesterday. Look what you’re causing. You’re hypocrites,’ he said.
Victoria Police said the woman was arrested after ‘she refused to provide identification for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions’.
‘Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address.
‘She then became physically aggressive and kicked a female officer to the upper body.
‘The woman continued to resist arrest and had to be taken to ground before being arrested.’
She was charged with resist police and assault police. She was bailed to appear at court at a later date and the arrest has been referred to Professional Standards Command for oversight.
The woman was not issued a fine for failing to wear a mask as she has a medical exemption.
Six people have been arrested because they refused to provide their personal details to police, but were later released with a $1,652 fine after they complied.
Premier Dan Andrews had warned the time for leniency was over when he announced the tougher restrictions on offenders.
He promised to crackdown on those disobeying draconian lockdown rules, saying there would be more police and Australian Defence Force personnel out in force ensuring residents are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer.
Huge fines of up to $19,826 for individuals and $99,132 for businesses will apply to anyone caught breaking the rules.
‘Those doing the wrong thing will cop a fine from Victoria Police, because the only way to beat this deadly virus is if we all follow the rules,’ Mr Andrews said.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton also issued a warning to anyone refusing to follow the rules.