Bedfordshire Police has released a statement after a video was shared on social media that shows a police officer being attacked by at least one male.
In the video, viewed almost 400k times, a male can be seen grappling with a police officer.
The person filming the incident runs over to where the assault against the police officer is taking place shouting: ‘yyyyeeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh’.
As the officer lands on the floor, the male filming the footage shouts: ‘yeah, have him! Do him! Do him!’
A woman appears and attempts to try and drag the male off of the police officer.
But as the officer gets back up again, he is beaten back down to the ground by the male. With the officer now laying on his back, using his hands to protect his head, his attacker starts to punch the officer repeatedly.
The male filming the incident shouts: ‘do him! Bang him up! Man [sic] is getting dealt with. Man [sic] is getting banged up!
By this stage, two males appear to be repeatedly hitting the officer as he continues to try and shield himself from the volley of blows being inflicted upon him.
Members of the public intervene, and pull the thugs off of the police officer, at which point the video ends.
A spokesperson for Bedfordshire Police said:
‘Many people have been in touch regarding footage which appears to show one of our officers being assaulted at an incident in Luton over the weekend.
‘Fortunately, the officer involved only suffered minor injuries. A teenage boy was subsequently arrested and charged and will appear in court next month.
‘We will not tolerate any assaults on our officers and staff and would urge people not to share videos of such incidents as it only serves to encourage those who feel it is acceptable behaviour.
Commenting on the footage, the Chairman of Police Federation of England & Wales, John Apter, said:
‘Disgusting, vile and cowardly behaviour.
‘From the individual attacking to the officer, to the bystander encouraging the violence, they are poor excuses for human beings.
‘This is reality; this is what my colleagues face every day. Hope the officer is ok and hope justice prevails.
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