A shocking video showing a police officer over powered by a robbery suspect, who gets a hold of his baton and beats the policeman, has gone viral today. It’s a popular video not just because the cop was under attack, but the fact that on-lookers stood and watched, even taking this video with a cell phone, while the cop is yelling out for help.
The video was just released of this incident that happened in Philadelphia earlier in the month. You can see by the video, shown to the left of this article, that not a soul helped the young cop while he was over powered by this man. The police officer was forced to fire his gun, as clearly seen on the video. The Philadelphia police say it’s an incident that many of the officers can relate to, according to My Fox Philly.com.
Check out this video, which is to to the left of this article. Just click on the second picture down (“Click to play”), to start the video.
This was one frightening experience for the cop and a perplexing one for people watching this video. Why didn’t anyone help this officer, especially since one person stopped and took the time to tape it with their cell phone? Now that it is rampant on the social networks, Lt. Raymond Evers of the Philadelphia Police Department said that the video is allowing people to put themselves in the officer’s shoes and to see how scary this can be.
The officer finally got the suspect under control, but he was left with no choice but firing his gun at him. The cop made sure that this suspect didn’t get a hold of his gun, but as you can see on the video, this was not an easy feat. This was all too familiar for Lt. Ever from his days on the street patroling.
The officer did everything his training directed him to do, as one woman commented on Facebook, “did you see how he defended against having his gun taken? Even while getting hit over the head he never let his hands off of it.” Evers said that the split-second decisions the officer made, due to his training, were decision that could have made the difference between life and death.
Fox News on Wednesday morning is reporting that the officer’s behavior in this video was text-book and the video is going to be used in police training. The thing that even the news commentators couldn’t get past was the fact that no one helped that officer, even when he clearly asked for anyone to help him.
Reference: My Fox Philly.com, Fox News live Wednesday morning