Jacksonville, FL – A Jacksonville police officer was jumped and assaulted by a violent mob on Thursday night when he responded to a call about gunfire (video below).
The incident occurred on June 3 in the Brooklyn neighborhood and was captured on cell phone video, WJAX reported.
Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Steve Zona said the officer responded alone to the “shots fired” call because if it were an active shooter situation, he didn’t want to wait.
“Our police officer was actually responding to a report of gunshots, shots being fired,” Zona said. “So, equate that to a potential active shooter situation.”
But when he arrived on the scene, the officer was greeted by a violent, angry mob that attacked him from all sides.
Cell phone video quickly went viral that showed the officer being surrounded and attacked by a group of people.
“Where he got down there to try and get people to disperse, one of the people from the crowd actually attacked our police officer,” Zona told WJAX.
The video showed the officer had a rifle on his back as he tried to extricate himself from the situation, but his attackers continued to grab at him.
They pulled him back into the fray and a group of both men and women pushed him to the ground as they attacked him.
The officer was on the ground on his back, up against a fence as they repeatedly kicked him with their feet and pummeled him with his hands, the video showed.
Then he pulled himself to his feet and got out of the fray, and quickly reached to retrieve equipment that had been torn off of him in the fight.
The video ended when the person filming it ran off yelling with glee about how he caught the attack on video.
The video showed none of the witnesses to the assault attempted to intervene or help the officer, FOX News reported.
Zona called it a sad representation of the residents of Jacksonville, WJAX reported.
“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,” the union president said.
“It’s sad no one from this crowd chose to help our officer but we don’t believe that’s a true representation of our community,” he continued. “We know you have our backs and we will continue to run towards danger to keep you safe.”
Jacksonville police told WJAX that one arrest had been made in connection with the attack on the officer.
However, no details regarding the incident have yet been released.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:
Jacksonville Sheriff Officer got jumped last night & no one was shot
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