A 14-year-old girl is covered in bumps and bruises after her head was allegedly smashed against trolleys as she was arrested outside a Woolworths.
A video has been posted online of a girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, being arrested outside a Woolworths supermarket at the Lismore Shopping Centre in Lismore, near Byron Bay, on Wednesday, October 17.
In the video three men can be seen holding the girl against the line of trolleys. One is holding her by the neck, another man can be seen pushing her head down, while the other pins her arms behind her back.
Another man then approaches the person filming and tells them to go away.
The girl can be heard yelling: ‘You motherf***ing white dog.’
As she is led by the group of men to a police car, a man can be seen gripping her by her hair. It is not clear if it is a police officer holding her hair.
Her father, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, told Daily Mail Australia his daughter and cousins had been sitting outside the shopping centre when police drove past four times before stopping to arrest her cousin, who had a warrant out for his arrest.
He said the girl was arrested after asking police officers why her cousin was being detained.
The family claim excessive force was used on the girl when she was arrested.
They claim she had her head smashed against trolleys during the arrest. She has two big lumps on her forehead, a lump on her hip and her elbow is swollen from the incident, they say.
New South Wales Police said officers were assaulted after attempting to arrest a 16-year-old in relation to a break and enter at a home in Casino on September 2.
Police will allege when they tried to search the youth, several people intervened, assaulting the officers, with one officer being spat in the face.
Five people were arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station.
The 14-year-old girl and four others were charged.
She was charged with assault police, hinder police, and resist police, and fail to move on, while a second girl, also aged 14, was charged with resist police, hinder police, and trespass.
Woolworths have been contacted for comment.
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