A young Australian rapper has been thrown to the ground and arrested by a policeman who pressed his knee into his back and head.
Blake James Turnell, known by his stage name ChillinIT, was confronted at a shopping centre in Sydney because he was not wearing a mask.
The 28-year-old allegedly swore, though it was unclear whether it was at police or just in their vicinity, and was asked to provide his details.
Turnell said he didn’t have ID on him, and gave his name as David Johnson with a birthdate of February 1, 1997 – neither of which are correct.
The officer then accused him of providing false details and said he was under arrest, taking out a pair of handcuffs to restrain him.
The rapper’s mother, who filmed the whole encounter that he later posted on Instagram, expressed her outrage to the policeman.
Turnell mocked the officer as he was handcuffed, telling him to make the restraints ‘nice and tight’ as he continued filming with his other hand.
The policeman said he was resisting arrest and threw him to the ground in the middle of the shopping centre.
He claimed ‘this happens a lot because of who I am’, to which the cop replied ‘I don’t know who you are’, which Turnell mocked due to his popularity online.
After being frogmarched across part of the shopping centre, the handcuffed rapper started resisting and was suddenly thrown to the ground.
A young Australian rapper has been thrown to the ground and arrested by a policeman who pressed his knee into his back and head
Turnell alleges the officer is trying ‘break his wrist’ on the video uploaded to Instagram
The policeman briefly pressed his knee into Turnell’s head to restrain him, before moving it on to his back.
‘You’re a nobody, you’re a maggot,’ the laughing Turnell mocked as he lay on the ground.
‘I’m trying to buy a Christmas present for my mum and you’re doing this? You’re disgusting.’
Turnell’s mother grew increasingly angry and demanded the officer get off her son and release him from custody.
‘I’m watching you every minute and you are being ridiculous… you’re carrying on like a turkey,’ she said.
Turnell was far less worried, telling his mother to relax because the policeman was ‘trying to be tough, just let him’ and mockingly telling the cop to push harder with his knee.
‘Let him… I hope he loses his job, we’ve got it all on camera… he’s weak,’ he continued while laughing
Turnell whips out his camera and hold it to the officer during the encounter (pictured)
‘You’re 30-something and you couldn’t even get my handcuffs on. I hope you feel good doing this to a mother and a son out Christmas shopping.
‘Look at you trying to break my wrist you weak little b***h,’ he alleges.
‘Push a bit harder,’ Turnell tells the officer.
‘Whatever is going on in your life stop taking it out on me and my mother, we’re very happy. I’m very successful and you’re a bored cop,’ he claims.
‘I know lockdown is tough but don’t take it out on other people you know.’
The officer then tells the mother to back away.
‘No, stay right in his face,’ Turnell says.
The rapper’s mother filmed the arrest at Hurstville Shopping Centre in Sydney’s south
He is then taken outside and seated on the pavement as at least two other police officers arrive to assist.
A female police officer asks his mother what happened.
‘He forgot his wallet at home so I went to purchase what he was going to buy,’ she says.
‘He (the officer) got his back up because he didn’t have his ID’.
She said her son gave the officer the wrong details ‘jokingly’.
We came in we bought a bracelet for a present and we were walking out. There were heaps of people not wearing a mask,’ she says.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted NSW Police for comment.
A second police officer arrives and they sit Turnell on the pavement outside the shopping centre (pictured)
Turnell, a former air conditioner mechanic turned rapper from Sydney, has released three albums under his Chillinit moniker.
‘Women, Weed & Wordplay’ in 2018 and ‘The Octagon’ in January 2020.
They reached number 18 and two on the ARIA charts respectively.
He has just released a third third album ‘Family Ties’ this month.
Earlier this year he gifted a $10,000 donation to Kings Cross women’s refuge Lou’s Place.
Lou’s Place manager Nicole told Daily Mail Australia that this was their first collaboration with Chillinit, and they were thrilled with his generosity.
‘These funds will go towards supporting women suffering from domestic and family violence and women who are rough sleepers and trying to make a better life for them,’ she said.
‘We receive no government funding at all so we rely on the generosity of individuals.
‘We’re so thrilled and grateful for Chillinit for the really generous donation, it will be really go a long way. This kind of community support keeps us going.’
Grand gestures like these are common for Chillinit, posting recently about buying his brother a car and a Rolex watch for friend and collaborator Huskii.
Sydney rapper Chillinit (pictured with fans)has released three albums
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