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Police officers’ alleged assault shown in bodycam footage

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A NSW man allegedly spat at a policeman, punched a policewoman multiple times and ripped a clump of hair from her scalp while being arrested.

The alleged assault of two police officers by an "extremely violent" man during an attempted arrest on the NSW Central Coast has been revealed in confronting officer bodycam footage.

Officers were called to a home on Buff Point Avenue in Buff Point about 10.25pm yesterday following reports of a domestic incident and were approached by a 35-year-old man, WIlliam Kershaw, who allegedly turned violent and resisted arrest.

The officers were then allegedly involved in a struggle with Kershaw where he spat in a policeman's face, punched a policewoman in the face multiple times and ripped a clump of her hair from her scalp.

200617 NSW Central Coast police officers assault man arrest charges bodycam footage

The female officer can be heard screaming in the bodycam footage as her partner attempts to separate her from the alleged attacker, who had held her in a headlock.

After the officers pin Kershaw to the ground and manage to control him, he complains he can't breathe.

"Last time I moved you said you could breathe... and then you grab my partner by the hair and you wouldn't let her go," the male officer can be heard saying.

NSW Police today also said the female officer became increasingly distressed when she was allegedly grabbed around the neck and choked, while the male officer was allegedly elbowed in the face and had his genitals twisted by Kershaw.

200617 NSW Central Coast police officers assault man arrest charges bodycam footage

After being removed from the scene, Kershaw was taken by ambulance to Wyong Hospital before he was released and taken to Wyong Police Station.

Both senior constables were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment to soft tissue injuries.

Kershaw has since been charged with 13 offences, including assaulting officers, resisting arrest and destroying or damaging property.

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He has since been formally refused bail at Newcastle Local Court, to appear at Wyong Local Court on June 25.

200617 NSW Central Coast police officers assault man arrest charges bodycam footage

NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell today slammed the man's alleged actions and the treatment of officers on duty.

"Having our police assaulted, having any emergency service officer assaulted is just not on," he told reporters.

"Enough is enough and we won't put up with it."

200617 NSW Central Coast police officers assault man arrest charges bodycam footage

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, also described the incident as an appalling attack on first responders.

"This is an inexcusable attack on two officers who were simply responding to a call out to protect members of our community late last night following reports of a domestic incident," he said in a statement.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-police-officers-assault-bodycam-video-central-coast-man-arrest-charges-court-crime-news/11eb1a99-3499-4fd4-91cf-c78395d9be2d

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