Popular rapper arrested at Sydney shopping centre after not wearing mask

A popular Sydney rapper has been charged by police for swearing and not wearing a face mask.

Blake Turnell, known as ChillinIT, shared footage online of the arrest at a Hurstville shopping centre, which he said occurred when he and his mother were buying Christmas presents.

The video, filmed by his mother, shows police asking Mr Turnell for his name and date of birth after the rapper tells the officer he doesn’t have any identification on him.

He then provides a fake name and birthday, before telling the officer he was just “taking the piss” out of him.

In line with NSW public health laws to combat COVID-19, face masks must be worn in all indoor areas, including shopping centres.

Police proceed to arrest Mr Turnell for providing fake details. The rapper is filmed on the ground with an officer kneeling on his neck.

“I’m trying to buy a Christmas present for my mum and you’re doing this? You’re disgusting.” the rapper said in the footage.

During the almost 12-minute video his mother is heard demanding police get off her son.

“You’re being ridiculous mate, this is insane,” she said.

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“You’re carrying on like a turkey for nothing.”

In a statement, police said the 27-year-old was arrested after he was found not wearing a mask and allegedly using offensive language in the shopping centre.

“It’s alleged the man provided false information and resisted police when being arrested,” police said in a statement.

Mr Turnell was taken to Kogarah police station where he was charged with resisting or hindering police, providing false or misleading information, using offensive language, not wearing a fitted face covering in retail/business premises, and possessing a prohibited drug.

Blake Turnell, known as ChillinIT, shared footage online of the arrest at a Hurstville shopping centre.

Blake Turnell, known as ChillinIT, shared footage online of the arrest at a Hurstville shopping centre.Credit:ChillinIT

The rapper was granted conditional bail to appear before Sutherland Local Court on December 21.

In a statement, Mr Turnell said: “There’s no good cops or bad cops, just good and bad people, I stay smiling and will make no further comment as the case is currently pending before court.”

The video came as ChillinIT, who released his third studio album last month, was named in the 2022 lineup for Byron Bay music festival Splendour in the Grass on Wednesday morning.

The festival will go ahead in July, after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events.

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