ACT Policing officers responding to reports of a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 13) were required to draw their batons and use Oleoresin Capsicum spray to protect a security staff member being assaulted outside a Civic nightclub.
Police were called to the Northbourne Avenue location around 12.30am on Sunday morning after reports of a conflict outside the nightclub involving a member of the security staff and a male patron who had been ejected on suspicion of property damage. Police had remained in the immediate area after a dispute some 15 minutes earlier, and attended as the fighting broke out again and spilled onto the street.
One police officer moved to assist a security guard who was on the ground and being assaulted. As he intervened, the police officer was threatened with violence by members of the crowd. A second police officer went to his assistance, and was required to use OC spray to protect his fellow officer and the security guard. Batons were drawn by the two officers, but not used.
A call for assistance by police drew an attendance of around 20 officers, whose prompt arrival quickly dispersed the crowd. Police also issued a number of formal “move-on” notices.
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A 25-year-old man from Nicholls was arrested and charged with common assault. He was later bailed from the ACT Watch House and will appear in court on a later date.