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Police Officer Sucker Punched—Suffers Broken Nose—For Helping Man Cross the Street

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 30, 2017 | 4:57pm EDT
Sgt. Don Nelson of the Richmond Police Department in photo posted by the RPD on Facebook.

Sgt. Don Nelson of the Richmond, Calif., police department was sucker punched and suffered a broken nose after helping a man who “appeared intoxicated” navigate a dangerous street crossing.

The alleged perpetrator, as the San Francisco Chronicle first reported, was the man Sgt. Nelson helped.

“The department is relieved that Sergeant Nelson was able to go home to his family after this violent confrontation,” the Richmond Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook. “He will recover from the broken nose and contusions he suffered for merely trying to help the man. This is yet another reminder of the dangers of our profession even as community guardians, attacks occur with no warnings and for no reason.”

A Facebook posting by the Richmond Police Department described the event as follows:

“A Richmond police sergeant sustained injuries after trying to help a man in the middle of the street.

“RPD Sergeant D. Nelson was driving his patrol car in the 700 block of 23rd St. at 10:15 PM when he noticed a man standing in the middle of the busy street, in the opposing lane. He saw several cars swerve to avoid running the man over. The sergeant quickly made a u-turn and positioned his car to shield the man, as he wanted to help him get to a safe location.

“The sergeant got out of his car and contacted the man who appeared intoxicated. He helped the man cross lanes of traffic and onto the sidewalk. While the sergeant asked where the man lived so he could help him, the man became belligerent and agitated. Without any warning, the man punched the sergeant in the face. A physical struggle ensued and the sergeant was eventually able to physically detain the suspect. The suspect was ultimately arrested and charged for assaulting the sergeant.

“The department is relieved that Sergeant Nelson was able to go home to his family after this violent confrontation. He will recover from the broken nose and contusions he suffered for merely trying to help the man. This is yet another reminder of the dangers of our profession even as community guardians, attacks occur with no warnings and for no reason.”

h/t San Francisco Chronicle

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