Assault of police officer streamed live on Facebook
UPDATE: Three men have been charged after a police officer was seriously assaulted in Cairns CBD last night all caught on a Facebook live video.
A 28-year-old male constable approached a group of men who had been moved on following a disturbance at a licensed premise on the Esplanade.
The officer was then allegedly surrounded by the group who began to assault him, causing him to fall to the ground.
Bystander, Jonathan WM O'Connor caught the alleged assault on a facebook live video that has been viewed more than twenty-four thousand times.
The men allegedly continued to assault the officer, knocking him unconscious.
The officer's partner can be seen in the video to deploy OC spray causing the men to flee the scene as multiple police cars arrive.
The group were arrested a short time later in chaotic scenes outside the night markets on Abbott St in the Cairns CBD.
The injured constable was transported to Cairns Base Hospital with multiple abrasions in a stable condition and will undergo further scans today.
A 20-year-old Edge Hill man has been charged with serious assault police, serious assault police causing bodily harm, two counts of assault police and wilful damage of police property.
He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today.
A 21-year-old Brinsmead man has been charged with serious assault police causing bodily harm and wilful damage of police property and is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today.
A 22-year-old Brinsmead man has also been charged with serious assault police causing bodily harm and wilful damage of police property and is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today.
Investigations are continuing.