Brawl erupts in Sydney court
Witnesses describe a brawl between police and a group of brothers who had just been convicted at Sydney's Downing Centre Courts on Tuesday.PT1M22S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36pet 620 349 April 15, 2014
Dozens of police officers have been involved in a brawl inside a Sydney court with a family on trial for brawling with police.
One officer was "smacked in the face" during the fight, witness and 2UE court reporter Leonie Ryan said.
A number of police cars circled the Downing Centre at lunchtime on Tuesday.
Ali Mehanna, centre, and two unnamed men outside court. Photo: Emma Partridge
The fight broke out minutes after Adel, Hussain and Ali Mehanna were convicted of numerous offences, including affray, resisting arrest and assaulting police during a fight that broke out outside their Bankstown home on January 1, 2013.
Five Mehanna family members were facing police assault charges after the brawl.
Ali Mehanna, who was allegedly involved in Tuesday's scrum on level four, kept screaming: "This is police brutality."
Police outside court. Photo: Emma Partridge
Ryan said Adel Mehanna was inside the dock of the courtroom when he started screaming: "I'm going to f---ing kill you."
Officers then stormed in as Corrective Services attempted to take him away.
"We walked out of court, we were standing outside the doors and all of a sudden we just hear screaming. We turned around and it was almost like a football match brawl," she said.
"There were punches being thrown everywhere. It was just fists flying everywhere and screaming."
She said one police officer was punched in the face before a man was tackled to the ground and handcuffed.
Ali Mehanna told reporters outside the court that his brother, who was arrested over the brawl, was the victim of an "unprovoked attack".
"They provoked my brother as he walked out, they found a reason and then 'bang' they jumped on him," Ali Mehanna said.
"There was officers outside of the courtroom, there was no need for officers to be outside of the courtroom and then as we were leaving there was six or seven of them."
Family supporter Hassan Anthony kept repeating the words "police brutality".
"They hit him [a family] to the face, they kneed him in the back," Mr Anthony said.
"There was no mercy, all because they [police officers] are wearing the colour blue," he said.
The case continues.