Paulsboro, NJ - Up to 25 arrests are expected to be made in connection to an incident on Saturday where officers were surrounded and attacked while trying to make an arrest.
The incident started when officers responded to a fight in progress at around 5:30 PM on Saturday. The Paulsboro police department released a statement saying that the officers "were quickly surrounded and assaulted by a very large crowd while attempting to arrest those involved."
Officers from nearby jurisdictions flooded the area to get the scene under control.
One officer was struck in the face, although there were no serious injuries. None of the suspects were injured.
Up to 25 young adults and juveniles are now under investigation for their role in the assault. The officers were wearing body cameras which the officers are using to help identify the suspects.
"Our whole department is equipped with body worn cameras. The whole incident captured everyone who was involved," Chief Vernon Marino told 6ABC.
"Fortunately, with the aid of the body worn cameras, our officers will now have the ability to identify those who were fighting and those that failed to disperse when ordered to do so. There were additional disturbances throughout the evening, however our officers were able to quickly arrest those involved and calm those that gathered to watch," the Chief's statement said.
The body camera footage has not been released and Chief Marino was very critical of cell phone video of the incident being released online. The chief said that the videos could be used to stereotype the town and its residents; probably because surrounding and attacking police officers reflects really poorly on the town.
You can see the video from the news report below: