VIDEO: Cop Fights With Suspect As Men Hang Back And Record Instead Of Helping

Bystanders chose to record an officer in a fight instead of helping him.

Alexandria, VA - Surveillance video captured an officer's fight with a suspect as bystanders chose to record rather than help (video below).

The incident happened at around 3 p.m. Friday in the 8200 block of Russel Road, according to Fairfax County PD.

The unidentified officer contacted a man who smelled of marijuana, which gave him reasonable suspicion to detain the man. The officer subsequently asked him to stop.

The man, later identified as 23-year-old Dadrian Jegede, walked away from the officer instead of stopping. As the officer tried to stop him, the suspect pushed the officer and tried to escape.

A struggle ensued, which moved in front of the security camera where the officer could be seen fighting with the suspect for over a minute before backup arrived.

While the officer was fighting the suspect, numerous men came by who all chose to watch or record the struggle instead of helping the officer.

With the help of the second officer, Jegede was taken into custody. He is being charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute (dealing drugs).

Jegede was also served with an outstanding arrest warrant out of Prince William County.

Along with the release of the video, Chief Roessler issued a statement saying, "Law enforcement is a rewarding profession but it can be very dangerous at times.  Officers often put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community.  When we encounter someone who resists a lawful arrest and attacks us, we are concerned for the sanctity of all human life.  As a matter of transparency we provide this video to demonstrate the dangers of our profession.  My officers were professional at all times to overcome a violent criminal and I stand behind their actions.”

You can see the video of the struggle below:

Comments (63)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Video proof that cops should do some kind of MA training to keep themselves safe and be more efficient. He struggled way too long with that guy.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

All those people standing around recording (mostly males - I hesitate to use the word "men" here) and the only person who helps is another officer, who happens to be female! (A very capable female, in my humble opinion.) Those guys seem to all melt away as they realize that the officers once again have control of the situation.

Budman
Budman

Help the cops scared little squids instead of filming morons!

LEO0301
LEO0301

When I watched as the officer struggled to arrest the felon...and observed the boys video recording the arrest instead of helping the officer....I see a common denominator. Hmm, what could that be????

RunCop
RunCop

Of course these lowest common denominator’s will not help an officer subdue an animal thug like themselves !