Three law enforcement officials and a reporter injured in protests
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has labelled the behaviour of protesters “completely unacceptable” after three officers and a reporter have been harm throughout at this time’s protests in Melbourne.
“No particular person, be it a police officer, a journalist, nobody ought to come to work and endure accidents on the expense of people that declare to be protesting for freedom,” he says.
Commissioner Patton says specialist police have used pepper balls, foam baton rounds, smoke rounds and stinger grenades to manage the group.
“This occasion, this illegal gathering, this protest remains to be unfolding and we’re making arrests as we stand right here at this second,” he says.
“So far we have already had 44 arrests performed, however that quantity will proceed to develop.”
Commissioner Patton says the first focus of police in a right away sense is the security of the general public and police are investigating the broader incident.
“You can not are available in and break the regulation. We are going to maintain you to account,” he says.
He additionally confirmed that police are conscious of the alleged animal cruelty incident the place a canine was kicked.
He is anticipated to talk once more both tonight or tomorrow.