Police press more charges against protester

Police have pressed more charges against a Black Lives Matter protester who allegedly assaulted two police officers during a Sydney rally.

The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged for allegedly resisting arrest and assaulting two police officers during a major protest in the city’s CBD on Saturday.

At 6.10pm that day, police say officers were at Central Railway Station to move on a group of people following the conclusion of a Black Lives Matter march, when they allegedly became aggressive towards police.

There were scenes of tension inside the station and police used pepper spray to disperse protesters.

It was then police say a Mt Druitt man allegedly threw a water bottle at a male senior constable before throwing another item at a male constable, hitting him in the chest.

Public order and riot squad officers then tried removing the man from the train station, but he resisted arrest and was ultimately taken into custody, police say.

He was initially taken to Surry Hills Police Station and charged with offensive behaviour and resisting police. Today, he was charged with two more counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty.

He is expected to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on August 27, in relation to all four charges against him.

Police say their inquiries are continuing into the incident.

Some 20,000 people on Saturday joined a Black Lives Matter march in Sydney after the Court of Appeal deemed it lawful less than 15 minutes before its commencement.

NSW Police Acting Commissioner Mal Lanyon on Sunday said the protest was mostly peaceful but expressed disappointment in the “aggressive” actions of some after the rally.

“The fact there were a number of groups of individuals after the protest that chose to act unlawfully is disappointing to us,” Mr Lanyon told reporters. “Police aren’t punching bags and don’t deserve to have this happen.”

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