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Man filmed punching police officer during a violent road-side brawl claims the cop injured his son

A man who filmed a violent roadside confrontation between himself and a police officer after he was pulled over now faces assault charges.

Brad Charrington, from Queensland, said two police officers pulled him over to check his vehicle’s VIN number in Petrie in the Moreton Bay region on Sunday night.

Mr Charrington said he was asked to get out of his car, but refused.

Footage taken during the stop later showed the pair exchanging punches as Mr Charrington’s young son screamed from the back seat.

 

Brad Charrington (pictured) filmed a violent roadside confrontation between himself and a police officer after he was pulled over and now faces assault charges

Footage taken during the stop later showed the pair exchanging punches (pictured) as Mr Charrington's young son screamed from the back seat

Footage taken during the stop later showed the pair exchanging punches (pictured) as Mr Charrington’s young son screamed from the back seat

In the video, the police officer can be seen hitting Mr Charrington in the face as he sits in the driver’s seat of his car.

‘Mate, I’m telling you I’m not hopping out of the vehicle this late at night with a child,’ Mr Charrington is heard telling the officer.

‘It’s dangerous – it’s on a road. I know my rights.’

After Mr Charrington continued to refuse to leave his car, the police officer reached through the driver-side window to grab his keys from the ignition.

However, the officer is obstructed by Mr Charrington, who held onto the keys while saying: ‘Good, arrest me. Arrest me’.

Mr Charrington’s partner can be heard yelling: ‘What did you need to take the keys out for?’

The police officer then opens the car door, telling Mr Charrington ‘you’re under arrest’ and can be seen trying to pull him from the car.

In the footage Mr Charrington refuses to leave his car and a police officer can be seen reaching through the driver-side window to grab his keys from the ignition, later hitting him in the face as he sits in the driver's seat of his car

In the footage Mr Charrington refuses to leave his car and a police officer can be seen reaching through the driver-side window to grab his keys from the ignition, later hitting him in the face as he sits in the driver's seat of his car

In the footage Mr Charrington refuses to leave his car and a police officer can be seen reaching through the driver-side window to grab his keys from the ignition, later hitting him in the face as he sits in the driver’s seat of his car

The officer tells the driver he’s under arrest for obstructing a police officer and the footage appears to show Mr Charrington throwing the first punch.

However, Mr Charrington told 9 News he was simply trying to defuse the situation and accused the officer of hitting his son.

‘He leaned over into the seat and hit my son,’ he said.

‘From that point there, I knew it was escalating, so I went to throw the keys out of the vehicle just to end it.’

Mr Charrington – who now has a series of bruises and marks to his face – has been charged with seriously assaulting police and is due to appear in court next month.

However, he claims it’s not the first time that he’s been targeted by police and wants action taken against the officer for using excessive force. 

In the footage the officer tells the driver he's under arrest for obstructing a police officer and Mr Charrington (pictured) appears to throw the first punch

In the footage the officer tells the driver he’s under arrest for obstructing a police officer and Mr Charrington (pictured) appears to throw the first punch

However, Mr Charrington (pictured with his partner and son) told 9 News he was simply trying to defuse the situation, has accused the officer of hitting his son and wants action taken against the officer for using excessive force

However, Mr Charrington (pictured with his partner and son) told 9 News he was simply trying to defuse the situation, has accused the officer of hitting his son and wants action taken against the officer for using excessive force

 

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