Last year, Officer Matthew Cammarn, of Nashville, was honored when he was named Police Officer of the Year after administering life saving care to a 17-year-old who had been shot by two hoodie-wearing individuals. The bullets had struck a major artery in the youth’s leg, and the officer used his trauma kit and his training to stop the blood loss.
This year, that same officer was responding to an incident in which he saw 22 year old Brian Shannon striking a young woman.
When Officer Cammarn attempted to arrest Shannon, the suspect allegedly started to fight back. About 30 seconds of the scuffle was captured on video with a cell phone, and you can see that not only does Shannon repeatedly strike Cammarn, but the onlookers who are gathered around are joining in and kicking the distressed cop as well.
The crowd began pulling at Cammarn, in an apparent attempt to free Shannon, and the cop-assaulting individual was able to get to get up and take off sprinting.
As soon as the officer is able to get to his feet, many in the crowd dispersed. According to a statement offered on Nashville.gov, Cammarn had to seek medical care for the injuries that he sustained.
“East Precinct Officer Matthew Cammarn in expected to be released tonight from Vanderbilt University Medical Center following treatment for a head injury received after he was attacked while trying to make an arrest on S. 7th Street in the James Cayce public housing development.”
Shannon has been apprehended by authorities, and a stronger police presence has been set up in the housing project where the Officer of the Year was attacked. In addition to Shannon, an unidentified 17-year-old has been arrested in connection to the assault on Cammarn.
Just one year apart, Officer Matthew Cammarn has gone from being hailed as a hero for saving the life of a 17-year-old, to being assaulted by a 22 and a 17-year-old. All for just doing his job, and serving and protecting his community.
What sentence would you give to Brian Shannon, who first struck a woman, and then struck a police officer?
The following video contains news clips of the story as well as actual unedited video at the end where the tax-payer subsidized residents of the community are screeching at how awesome it is that somebody was attacking a police officer who was doing his job.
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