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Officer Of The Year Attacked While Surrounded By Crowd — Brawl Caught On Tape

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Casey Harper | The Daily Caller

Two people have been charged with assaulting a police officer after a video showing a cop fighting outside a public housing building was posted to Facebook.

Nashville Officer Matthew Cammarn was at James Cayce public housing Tuesday where police say an arrest attempt turned into a brawl when Brian Shannon allegedly attacked Cammarn, NBC News reports. Shannon is charged with felony aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and drug possession. A 17-year-old male was also arrested and charged with evading arrest and aggravated assault.

Nashville police described the incident in a statement:

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.

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