A man has been filmed being pepper-sprayed by police on a train at Liverpool Lime Street following a skirmish with police.
An argument between a man not wearing a mask and a British Transport Police (BTP) officer who asked him to leave the train has gone viral.
Mobile phone footage of the incident has been widely shared on social media and shows the man telling the officer: “You’re not allowed to touch me by law.
“I do not have to wear a mask, end of, and you don’t have to challenge me either.”
The officer replies: “I’m not going to argue any more. You’re getting off or we’re taking you off.”
The passenger refuses and a struggle ensues as the officer attempts to eject him from the train.
He is then warned to “get off the train or I’ll get you locked up”, before the officer says “I’ll spray you, mate”.
The passenger filming the scene shouts: “He’s done nothing wrong! Medical conditions! You’re pointing that at me you’re not even pointing it at him.”
The officer appears to call for help as he speaks into his walkie talkie.
A voice adds: “Mate, he’s done nothing wrong! You’re on a power trip here!”
The spray is discharged and then more officers arrive and the man is taken off the train.
In a statement, British Transport Police said: “A man has been charged with threatening behaviour and assaulting a police officer on a Merseyrail train to Liverpool Lime Street station.
“The incident happened at around 3.20pm on Wednesday 2 September.
“Officers had responded to a report of a man coughing at two passengers.”