Cellphone video showed a Nashville, Tennessee, police officer being attacked by bystanders as he attempted to arrest a man suspected of assault (video below).
In the video, Officer Matthew Cammarn can be seen being attacked by a crowd of people, including 22-year-old suspect Brian Shannon, whom Cammarn reportedly witnessed assaulting a woman.
The crowd attacked Cammarn in an attempt to allow Shannon to run free. Shannon eventually stood and ran, but was apprehended and jailed on suspicion of felony assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, evading arrest, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and drug possession.
Nashville Police confirmed the incident in a statement as seen on Nashville.gov:
Just after 6 p.m. tonight, Officer Cammarn saw Shannon assault a woman on S. 7th Street near Sylvan Street. Officer Cammarn approached Shannon, who aggressively walked up to the officer. Cammarn told Shannon to put his hands behind his back and attempted to take him into custody. Shannon pulled away, grabbed Cammarn and pulled him to the ground. While actively fighting and swinging his fists at Officer Cammarn on the ground, other persons in a crowd pulled and pushed Cammarn in an effort to free Shannon. Others stood by recording the assault on their cell phones. Shannon got up and took off running to S. 6th Street, where he was taken into custody.
Officer Cammarn was named the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s 2015 Police Officer of the Year for saving the life of a 17-year-old gunshot victim.
Flex officers from the East and Central Precincts are maintaining a visible presence as Officer Cammarn was the second officer to be injured in that immediate area in as many days.
Fellow officers praised Cammarn for the way he handled the situation.
“After he was assaulted and in great pain, he chased down the suspect that had assaulted that woman so I have nothing but admiration for the way they handled themselves,” Chief Steve Anderson said.
Anderson told KIAH that the department condemned the violence.
“Attacks on police officers are unacceptable, and they will not be tolerated by this city,” he said.