*Video of an Australian woman being choked by police and violently wrestled to the ground for not wearing a mask has reportedly sparked an internal investigation.
According to local outlet 7News, her decision to walk the streets bare-faced was a breach of the Chief Health Officers orders under Stage 4, which mandates the wearing of masks. She also faces separate charges of resisting and assaulting police. The woman was subsequently found to have had an exemption for wearing a mask from a doctor, according to 7News.
The incident took place Monday afternoon when the 21-year-old woman was approached by two police officers in a Melbourne suburb. As she resisted arrest, one of the officers grabbed her around the neck and moved her against a wall as her boyfriend pleaded for him to stop, saying she is medically excused from wearing a mask.
“Police made the decision to arrest the woman after she failed to provide her name and address,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said, according to NINE News NINE News. “She also did not state she had an exemption for not wearing a face covering. ”
Victoria, with a population of 6.359 million, recorded its deadliest day on Monday with 19 coronavirus-related deaths and 322 new cases.