Macca’s fracas explodes after vehicle inspection
A MAN at the centre of a wild McDonald’s drive-through clash with police in Melbourne’s west has claimed he was punched by one officer.
Footage has captured the confrontation between Fady Taleb and police, who converged on his luxury sedan for a vehicle check in Altona North.
“They pushed me and grabbed me first,’’ he said.
Senior police yesterday said they would not tolerate being abused and assaulted while trying to do their job.
Officers can be seen on the footage making an external check of the car driven by 22-year-old Mr Taleb at the Millers Rd restaurant.
But the situation, at 7.15pm on Friday, escalated when they start to look inside and Mr Taleb, of Altona, asked what they were doing.
“Are you going to obstruct me from doing my job?” one officer asked.
Then, there was a clash between police and Mr Taleb, who was thrown across the bonnet and restrained.
Soon after, one of the officers involved in the initial confrontation appeared to aim a punch at him.
Mr Taleb, who was then subdued with capsicum spray and arrested, told the Sunday Herald Sun the video, captioned “pigs”, showed he did not touch the police first.
Mr Taleb said he suffered injuries to his head, neck, back, arms and legs.
Police said another man, aged 19, turned up and became aggressive.
Mr Taleb has been charged with affray and assaulting police, while the second man faces counts of assaulting and resisting police. Both have been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on June 20.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said no official complaints had been received about the incident, in which three officers received minor injuries.