A San Francisco police officer is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after several witnesses jumped in to pull a suspect off her, reports NBC Bay Area.
“We’ve seen a rise in violent attacks by homeless individuals, including attacks on police officers,” San Francisco POA officials said in a tweet. “We are deeply grateful to these citizens who rushed to our officer’s aide. Our staffing shortage left this officer working alone instead of with a partner.”
According to ABC7 News, the women officer responded Friday night about a man making racially motivated threats in Chinatown.
The Asian American officer began to arrest the man when he began attacking her. Several witnesses jumped in to help the officer.
“He’s a big guy, he was not letting go. He had a deathtrap on her. And he was not letting go,” says Michael Waldorf.
ABC7 News reports the suspect has been identified as Geraldo Contreras. Public records indicate his prior arrests include aggravated assault, elder abuse and assaults on officers in other parts of California.
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