Distressing photos show a bloodied female police officer after she was allegedly bitten and scratched by a man.
The young constable was savagely attacked while she was at a unit in Queens Street at Brighton-Le-Sands, in Sydney’s south.
Police say she was responding to a job regarding concerns for a man’s welfare on Monday.
It is alleged the man became agitated and aggressive, and charged at one of the officers.
A Taser and capsicum spray were deployed, but the alleged offender was able to force the female officer to the ground and violently attacked her, police said.
The man allegedly scratched the cop, bit her head and pulled out hair during the attack.
That is when the man was Tasered a second time, giving other officers the opportunity to subdue and restrain him.
The alleged offender was taken to St George Hospital under police guard for assessment.
He was then taken to St George Police Station.
The female officer was also taken to St George Hospital and treated for facial injuries. She has since been released.
A 48-year-old man was charged with assaulting a police officer in execution of duty, causing actual bodily harm, assaulting an officer in execution of duty and resisting an officer in execution of duty.
The young officer will now have to wait six months for the details of an infectious test, the NSW Police Association said.
The assault is the latest in a string of attacks on police in recent weeks.
A number of these assaults have also resulted in officers being bitten, according to the NSW Police Association said.
Union President Tony King is pushing for a legislation change so offenders who attack police can be tested for infections to speed up the process.
“This officer and her family now face an incredibly anxious wait have to find out whether she’s been infected with any diseases,” Mr King said in a statement.
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