Dramatic body cam vision of the moment a man allegedly threatened a NSW police officer with a knife has been released.
Newcastle City police attended the scene in Fowler street on Tuesday around 2pm after reports of a brawl in the suburb of Hamilton South.
In chaotic video which lasts just over three minutes, police officers approach the crowd in a marked police car.
A man in a white T-shirt allegedly approaches the police car with a knife. An officer jumps out of the passenger seat to confront the man and the senior constable, with the body cam, stops the car and follows, screaming for the man to get on the ground.
Police say the man in the white T-shirt was “armed with a large knife” and “raised the knife” towards the senior constable.
Outside the car an officer yells at the man to “drop the knife”. As he does the officer moves in and gets the man to the ground.
During the arrest a crowd approaches the officers and starts yelling at police who repeat to the crowd to “get back” until the group stop approaching the officers.
“He’s got a knife on him,” the officer explains to the crowd.
A man in a yellow-striped shirt continues to approach the officers and according to a police report, attempts to stop police arresting the man in the white shirt.
“Get back or I’ll spray you,” the officer warns him loudly.
After several attempts of asking the man to stay back, the officer pulls out capsicum spray and releases it into the mans face.
Police also say a third man kicked a police vehicle door during the incident.
As more officers arrive on the scene the constable wearing the bodycam speaks to the man in the white shirt and explains why he’s arresting him.
“You’re under arrest for attacking police with a knife,” the officer says before reading the man his rights.
“You scared the f*** out of me,” the man responds.
The 28-year-old Hamilton South man was charged with using an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and was refused bail.
The 35-year-old man who was sprayed with capsicum spray was arrested and charged with affray and hindering police, he was also refused bail.
Investigations are continuing to identify and locate the third man.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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