Two police officers held off a group of men, even though the officers had no guns, in London on Aug. 3 (video below).
The incident began when the cops pulled over a vehicle in the Shadwell area on London's east side, notes the Mirror.
A witness on a balcony filmed the angry bystanders as they shouted at the officers who were trying to arrest two men. As the police struggled to arrest the two men, the bystanders moved closer and closer.
One bystander grabbed one of the men being arrested and pulled him into the street, and the two officers went along; one fell to the ground.
During the incident, one of the men broke free, but the police quickly took him into custody again.
The officers moved their suspects over against an apartment building wall, and threatened to use pepper spray on the angry bystanders who continued to approach them.
Two more police cars soon arrived to back up their fellow officers.
The Met Police said in a statement:
At approximately 17:30hrs on Wednesday, 3 August, officers stopped a car on James Voller Way, E1.
Whilst officers were speaking with the driver, a large group of males began arguing with them.
The males became more aggressive and subsequently assaulted the officers.
Two police constables were treated for minor injuries.
Four males were arrested on suspicion of various offenses including assault on police, obstruction and Public Order Act offenses.
CS spray was deployed during the arrests. Inquiries continue.
The Sun notes how the police received praise from users on the social media site Reddit:
"Imagine how differently this would have been if this happened in America."
"Top of Form British police officers making American police officers look unprofessional, as usual -- after 5 minutes of scuffle, the police STILL warns the guy 'One more step and I will spray you.' Nobody got seriously hurt that day."
"Full credit to those Police Officers. I’m not sure I’d have the guts to deal with a situation like that."
WARNING: Contains graphic language.