Two Kimberley police officers feared for their safety in the face of what could have escalated into a serious assault outside a bottle shop when they refused two men service, a court was told. Quinton Fiebig and Jake Lovell appeared on trial in Derby Magistrate’s Court last Thursday where they stood accused of failing to leave a licensed premises when instructed to do so, assaulting public officers, and disorderly behaviour in public. The court was told Mr Fiebig and Mr Lovell arrived outside the bottle shop within the Spinifex Hotel grounds on the evening of April 12 but were refused service by the two officers stationed outside the shop. Statewide takeaway liquor restrictions were in place in the wake of COVID-19 and concerns of an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence. In opening, Mr Fiebig and Mr Lovell’s counsel told the court the pair believed they were not given sufficient time to leave the premises before being arrested, and the officers used excessive force. In evidence, both Sen. Const. Sarah Turner and First Class Const. David Manera told the court the accused became angry and were upset at the refusal of service, yelling obscenities at the officers and repeatedly calling them “racist white c...s”. The court was told after Sen. Const. Turner looked at Mr Lovell’s identification and noticed both he and Mr Fiebig seemed to be unsteady on their feet, she deemed them both to be under the influence and refused them access to the bottle shop. The pair allegedly walked back and forth arguing with the two officers before they were told they were under arrest for refusing to leave the premises. Footage from Sen. Const. Turner’s body-worn camera, CCTV from the Spinifex Hotel, and a video filmed by a bystander showed the scuffle began when the officers tried to arrest Mr Fiebig but he rammed the two officers up against the corrugated wall outside the bottle shop. Because of Mr Fiebig’s allegedly aggressive behaviour, First Class Const. Manera drew his taser and soon discharged it, and later used pepper spray when Mr Fiebig allegedly confronted First Class Const. Manera again. It was then alleged Mr Lovell punched First Class Const. Manera multiple times in the head. The pair were eventually arrested and the two officers were left with bruises, cuts and abrasions. The trial was adjourned part-heard and is expected to resume on November 26.