The prudent response of law enforcement officers to people refusing to comply with SARS-CoV-2 health directions, should be to issue an infringement notice or notice to appear and then have the matter dealt with by a court. The street or a park is not the right forum for law enforcement to dispute legal matters.
Police using heavy-handed tactics such as arresting people for not wearing a mask or failing to comply with a lockdown is further eroding public confidence in the police and the government. Scenes of police wrestling with people over a mask is not helping the police. The matter will proceeds to a court regardless and the police further tarnish their reputation.