Confronting moment swarm of police officers kick and knee a 21-year-old driver during ‘brutal’ daylight arrest – as motorist insists he was cooperating
- Man, 21, lashes police after dramatic arrest in Brisbane’s south
- Riley James McBride said he had been complying with officers
A young man has lambasted police after he was dragged out of his blue Hyundai and punched and kicked by several officers during a dramatic daylight arrest.
Riley James McBride, 21, claims he had been cooperating with Queensland Police officers during his arrest in Logan, south of Brisbane, on Thursday.
The claims come after McBride pleaded guilty to various offences including dangerous driving and unlawful possession of a weapon at Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday.
Dramatic vision of the arrest outside a service station showed two officers pulling McBride from his Hyundai before raining blows to his head and chest.
As another officer joins the scuffle, McBride is tackled to the ground.
‘They put knees to my head [and put my] face to the ground, they kept slamming it and punching me and I was compliant with them,’ McBride told 7News.
‘I was trying to do what they asked me to do and they were being brutal as.’
Dramatic vision (pictured) of the arrest showed three officers punching, kicking and kneeling 21-year-old Riley James McBride in Logan, south of Brisbane
‘I was trying to do what they asked me to do and they were being brutal as,’ McBride said
McBride said his arm and the side of his face were now swollen after the incident.
Queensland Police said the Woodridge man had been spotted allegedly driving dangerously on Lake Road and throwing a knife at an off-duty officer.
‘I threw a bit of metal at him, he reckons I threw a knife at him,’ McBride said.
Officers tracked McBride to a petrol station on Compton Road where police allege he collided with two vehicles, one a police car, as he attempted to flee.
Dashcam vision shows the 21-year-old ramming into two vehicles before officers are seen removing him from the Hyundai and putting him on the ground.
Queensland Police said an off-duty officer had spotted the Woodridge man driving dangerously on Lake Road and would later allege he threw a knife at him
‘During a subsequent search of the vehicle police allegedly located a number of weapons,’ a police statement said.
McBride was charged with one count each of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon, obstruct police, possessing tainted property and learner driver driving unaccompanied and without displaying L-plates.
The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to all offences and copped a $500 fine.
Police will continue to review the matter while investigations are ongoing.