London Ambulance Service (LAS) Medics have been praised after coming to the aid of a Metropolitan Police Officer who was being assaulted by a male on a bus.
In the footage (below) an officer can be seen trying to detain a male.
The footage only shows the moment at which the officer tries to detain the male and does not show what led up to the encounter.
The officer appears to call out to his colleague as the male starts to resist his attempts to detain him.
As the officer tries to hold the suspect’s hands, the suspect then appears to try and punch the officer in the side of the head.
The officer continues to try and grab hold of the male’s arms as he continues to lay blows down on the officer.
The male suspect then appears to place the officer in a headlock as he continues to strike the officer who is now bent over as he tries to defend himself from being hit by the male.
At this point, another officer enters the bus and runs over to the suspect to prevent him from assaulting his colleague by holding onto his arms.
The suspect can be heard to shout: “what is your f**king problem” as the officer yells “get off of me”.
The officer being held by the male then manages to request urgent assistance over his radio.
As the officer can be heard to say: “I need help” over his radio, the suspect shouts “f__k you” & “f__k you – you [ineligble] c**t.”
At this point, two London Ambulance Service medics enter the bus and walk over to the male.
The male suspect is then temporarily distracted by the presence of the medics, allowing the officer who he is assaulting enough time to spay the suspect with CS.
After being sprayed with CS, the suspect then shouts and can be heard to say: “I am telling my mum.”
One of the LAS Medics then keeps hold of the male, as the officer manages to escape his grasp.
The Medic continues to hold the suspect as the video footage ends.
Superintendent Roy Smith tweeted:
“An example of the unacceptable violence and aggression shown to our officers.
“No one has the right to assault police officers. Period.
“None of us should tolerate it – thank you to @Ldn_Ambulance colleagues here for helping.
“We all have a duty to step up and help too”.