Video captures moment angry group rushes at police car forcing it to retreat in Melbourne
A confronting video shows an angry group – including a man in a suit – rushing at a police car and antagonising officers in Melbourne.
Police first received reports in the Dallas area about 11am on Sunday, but the people they were looking for had left by the time they arrived.
However, investigators found vehicles matching the description in that earlier incident later in Glenroy about 1pm.
A single police unit approached these vehicles and saw three motorbikes being ridden before a group of people rushed at the police car, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
“The group became increasingly aggressive and officers decided to reverse away for the safety of the group and themselves,” she said.
Footage posted on YouTube shows the police car tailing a motorcycle rider before a man clad in a black suit runs towards the vehicle and appears to hit it.
At least half a dozen men then crowd the police vehicle swearing, shouting and jeering and one gives a rude hand gesture to police, while others film the incident on their mobile phones.
The man in the suit bangs on the police bonnet and the officers reverse while he appears to attempt to kick the their car.
The motorcyclist then re-emerges and police turn around and give chase, with their lights activated, as other drivers are forced to wait during the drama.
The motorbike riders and those in the group fled before extra police arrived, the spokeswoman said.
Minimal damage was sustained to the police vehicle during the incident.
Police say they have numerous strong leads and are confident of identifying those involved. No charges have been laid against those in the video.
“We will not tolerate this kind of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour,” they spokeswoman said.
Anyone with information that could help police with their inquiries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.