Officer assaulted by adults in high school brawl
A POLICEMAN who was punched during a brawl and who fought back has won support from his superiors.
Six adults, aged from 26 to 50, arrested outside Hoxton High School, in Hinchinbrook, in Sydney’s southwest on Wednesday were charged with various offences.
‘‘ One of the sergeants was punched in the face a couple of times at that scene by one of the males,’’ Acting Superintendent Stephen Corry said.
‘‘ The sergeant’s a bit of a tough character ... He gave a couple back too, just in defence of himself.’’
When others became involved in the confrontation and some officers were injured, police resorted to capsicum spray.
That night, about 40 supporters went to Green Valley police station where the arrested men and women were being held.
Police said they were told to leave after they became abusive and claiming a woman’s head scarf was ripped off in the incident. The group then gathered outside the station but left a short time later. Acting Supt Corry said it was possible that during the initial incident one of the women’s head coverings was removed.
‘‘ There was some suggestion ... that a veil had been removed from one of the females ... Naturally, during that arrest there was confrontation and a struggle and that could have easily occurred,’’ he said.
Acting Supt Corry said it was believed a previous incident between students had led to the adults going to the school. The four women and two men arrested have been charged with offences including affray, intimidation, assault police, resist arrest and offensive language. They were granted bail, with conditions including that they do not go near or contact the school, and are due to appear in court on April 8. Hoxton High students gesture to
police investigating the brawl