A UK man has been filmed in a heated struggle with a police officer after refusing to wear a mask on the train.
Footage uploaded to social media shows the man sitting with his arms crossed as the older male officer stands over him.
“You’re not allowed to touch me by law,” he tells the officer.
The man filming says, “Underlying health conditions – you don’t have to wear a mask.”
The man in the seat insists, “I do not have to wear a mask – end of,” adding it’s “against the law to challenge me”.
The officer tells him, “I’m not going to ask you anymore. Get off or we’re taking you off.”
“I’m not getting off,” the man replies.
The officer tries to grab the passenger by the arm, kicking off a scuffle as he struggles to free himself.
“No! Who the f**k do you think you’re grabbing?” he yells. “Who the f**k do you think you’re grabbing?”
The officer continues to grapple with the man, pulling his shirt and threatening to spray him with mace.
“What, you’re going to spray me for nothing?” he asks.
The man filming chimes in, “He hasn’t done nothing wrong!”
At one point the passenger and the man filming yell in unison, “Medical condition! Medical condition!”
The man filming accuses the officer of being a “bully”. “You’re on a power trip here,” he says.
Eventually the officer gets a handcuff on one of the man’s wrists, as he jumps to his feet and continues to fight.
“What the f**k’s he doing? Get the f**k off me,” he says.
The officer eventually sprays mace at the man, who loses his shirt in the scuffle.
Backup soon arrives, including someone wearing civilian clothes who gets the man in a headlock.
“Get off me!” he screams, adding, “This is the reason I don’t wear a mask!”
The man is dragged off the train as the person filming continues to berate the original officer, demanding his name.
In most of the UK, face coverings are now mandatory on public transport unless the passenger has a valid exemption.
Police can issue fines of £100 ($180) and transport operators can deny access to passengers not wearing a mask, or can direct them to wear one or get off.
The UK government website says that those with an “age, health or disability reason” for not wearing a mask “should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this, this includes exemption cards”.
“No person needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering,” it says.
“Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a homemade sign.”
But the website adds “this is a personal choice and is not necessary in law”.