Three charged after altercation with police over mask refusal at Bass Hill Plaza

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Three people have been charged following a confrontation with police at a southwestern Sydney shopping centre.

In a statement to 7NEWS.com.au, NSW Police said officers had been conducting patrols near Bass Hill Plaza on Thursday when they approached a man who was not wearing a face mask.

Police say the man – 25-year-old Bilal Ladkani – removed a mask from his pocket, and when officers asked if he had a medical exemption, he allegedly refused to respond and attempted to walk away.

After repeated attempts to see personal identification, police allege Ladkani became aggressive.

“Police attempted to arrest the man, but he resisted, and a struggle ensued,” a NSW Police spokesperson said.

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Distressing vision has since emerged of Ladkani, in handcuffs, telling officers: “I can’t breathe, f*** off!” before appearing to become unresponsive.

Another person yells: “He has a heart problem. Where’s the f***ing ambulance?”, while another says: “Take the f***ing handcuffs off.”

While awaiting the arrival of paramedics, a local doctor arrives with a defibrillator. After four minutes, police remove the handcuffs and the doctor begins CPR.

“The footage of someone being defibrillated whilst being handcuffed is some of the most distressing footage I’ve ever seen,” defence lawyer Elias Tabchouri told 7NEWS.

Ladkani tells officers: “I can’t breathe, f*** off!” before appearing to become unresponsive.  Credit: Supplied

Ladkani was then assessed by paramedics and taken to Blacktown Hospital via ambulance.

Not before a 21-year-old woman had to be physically removed from the ambulance after repeatedly being told she could not travel with him. She allegedly became abusive towards the officers before shoving one constable and kicking another.

A second man, 18, then allegedly attempted to hinder police and was also arrested.

Three police officers suffered minor cuts and scratches during the altercations.

Three people were charged following the confrontation at Bass Hill Plaza.
Three people were charged following the confrontation at Bass Hill Plaza. Credit: Supplied

Ladkani was discharged within hours of arriving after doctors couldn’t find any medical reason to keep him, and during a subsequent search of his bag, police allegedly located and seized a flick knife.

He was charged with not wearing a fitted face covering, intimidating a police officer in the execution of duty, resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of duty, and custody of a knife in a public place.

The 21-year-old woman was also charged with offences including two counts of assaulting a police officer, not wearing a fitted face covering and using abusive language in public.

The younger man was charged with resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of duty.

All three were granted strict conditional bail and are due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on October 7.

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