An unruly mob attacked a Jacksonville, Florida, police officer who responded alone to a call of shots fired, according to WJAX-TV.
The mob swarmed the officer and hit him with their fists and kicked them with their feet as some cackled that the attack had been caught on camera.
The Jacksonville police officer responded to a call of shots fired in the Brooklyn area Thursday night.
The lone officer reportedly rushed to the scene because it was “a potential active shooter situation.” He approached a crowd where he thought the shots were coming from.
In a statement on the incident, Steve Zona, president of the Fraternal Order of Police in Jacksonville, said, “Our police officer was actually responding to a report of gunshots, shots being fired. So equate that to a potential active shooter situation.”
“When he got down there to try and get people to disperse, one of the people from the crowd actually attacked our police officer,” he added.
Social media video captured the moment that a crowd surrounded the lone officer and pushed him to the ground, shouting expletives and attacking him.
In the video, the unnamed officer — who has a rifle strapped to his back — is able to climb to his feet as the person recording the now-viral video runs off laughing about the incident and how he caught the heartless attack on video.
The video does not show what took place immediately following the attack on the officer.
Zona also expressed his disappointment that no one stepped in to help the lone officer during the attack, but according to a new report from WTLV-TV, “a takedown and arrest of the suspected attacker followed.”
“We have tremendous support here in the community and I don’t think what happened to our police officer is a direct reflection of our community here in Jacksonville, I say it’s a direct reflection of the people there,” he added.
Warning: Rough language.
This is an excerpt from TheBlaze.
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