More police assaulted
A FEMALE police officer was kicked in the chest while another male officer was spat on in two separate alleged serious assaults while on duty in Kirwan.
This comes after the Bulletin revealed more than three police a week were being punched, kicked and spat on by criminals in Townsville.
At about 10.30pm on Friday, police were called to a residential address on Thuringowa Drive after reports of a domestic violence incident. When officers attempted to arrest a man, he allegedly kicked a 20- year- old female officer in the chest, knocking her to the ground.
Capsicum spray was used to subdue the man, who was arrested and transported to the Townsville watch- house.
Just an hour later at a licensed venue on Kern Brothers Drive, a male patron allegedly yelled at police on a walk through, before he then spat on a male officer’s arm.
Police moved to arrest the man but he allegedly fought and resisted the officers.
Northern Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor described the latest alleged violent attacks on officers as “despicable acts”.
“Sadly there are some people in the community who do not value the work that police do and think it’s a funny or brave act to conduct themselves in that way,” he said.
A Kirwan man, 22, charged with serious assault of the female officer, appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was given bail and ordered to reappear in court on August 12.
Another Kirwan man, 29, charged with the serious assault of the male officer and obstructing police, also appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court on Saturday where he was given bail and ordered to appear in court again on August 17.
District Duty Officer Acting Senior Sergeant David Lynch said despite recent publicity, the warnings about the consequences of assaulting police had not been heeded.