Thug beats cop’s face bloody in brutal attack livestreamed on Facebook. Of course, it features laughing onlookers egging on suspect.

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A North Carolina police officer was airlifted to a hospital early Saturday morning after he was beaten while trying to make an arrest — and the attack was livestreamed on Facebook, left his face bloody, and featured laughing onlookers.

What are the details?

Rowland Officer Michael Sale, 27, responded to a disturbance call and was beaten while trying to arrest a man, Chief Hubert B. Graham
told WPDE-TV.


Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KittyLists

A bystander recorded the attack on cellphone, and it went live on Facebook, the station said, adding that the video gained dozens of shares. The video lasted 11 minutes,
WPDE reported in an earlier story.

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The station said the officer asked a man for assistance, but the man refused. Several people came outside, and some urged others to help, WPDE noted. The officer was repeatedly punched in the face.

The clip does show one man pulling the attacker away from the officer, but another man is heard saying, “Let ’em whup his ass! Let ’em whup his ass!”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @KittyLists

After the man lets go, the beating continues. “Don’t you let that man take you to f***in’ jail!” the same man is heard saying to the attacker.

The following are several clips of the attack. (Content warning: Language):

What happened after help arrived?

Graham told WPDE that there was concern Officer Sale broke a bone around his eye, so he was airlifted to a hospital. He has since been discharged and is recovering at home with his family, the station said in a follow-up story.

Authorities charged Jamel Alphonso Rogers with assault with a deadly weapon with intentions to kill while inflicting serious injuries, kidnapping, and two counts of resisting a public officer, the station said.

Jamel Alphonso Rogers Image source: Robeson County Detention Center

Rogers appeared before a judge Monday and his bond was set at $500,000, WPDE said, adding that he’s being held at Robeson County Detention Center and that it’s unlikely Rogers will make bond.

Graham said Sale was the only officer on duty Friday night, the station said, which is why it took some time for backup to arrive.

“He was working by himself that night,” the chief said in a separate story. “That is being worked on.”

Graham also told WPDE he wishes others had stepped up to help “because they knew the situation the officer was in.”

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins shared his thoughts about the attack on
Facebook:

Officer Sale was surrounded by a crowd outside a store last December when he worked for the Maxton Police Department and was violently beaten by one man in the crowd, the station said. As with this weekend’s attack, the incident last year was recorded on cellphone and shared on social media, WPDE said.

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10 Comments

    1. The LEO had every reason to use deadly force but didn’t probably for fear of being called racist or maybe lose his job and go to jail himself. Surprised more n’s didn’t jump in to assist the perp.

      1. That’s how I read this, too! Of course, the officer is white, and the animal who beats him is not, so, had the cop shot this bastard, there would have been no end to the “Police Brutality” accusations, and the testimonials from family members about how this POS was a Choir Boy, and such! Well, you can bet that there will be more than ONE officer assigned from now on…

  1. And not one of those A$$ holes tried to help the officer. What a shame. And they wonder why the officer just shoots the person.

  2. Time for regular Americans to take our streets back from these dirtbags and I can guarantee you that most of them will run and hide if we would come together as one with one objective…..

  3. Quit responding when they call if they hate cops so much. Let them kill one another. Make the world a better place.

  4. No doubt LeBron James will step up and pay the perps legal fees…They prefer their own chaos to anyone else’s idea of order.

  5. Yeah those “Asphalt Apes” are really something aren’t they?? And they wonder why cops are leery and act as they do??? This video should be shown each time one of those “Asphalt Apes” is arrested!!!

  6. Where are black lives matter and the protesters and the scumbag looters? It’s another chance for them to burn stuff and destroy property and scream about how oppressed they are because of white privilege. Makes you wonder how the crowd would have reacted if the officer had been black.

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