CLEVELAND - Two people were arrested and two others commended after a Cleveland police officer was knocked to the ground during a fight in Public Square earlier this month – and part of the incident was caught on video.
Cleveland police said an officer spotted a large group of teens fighting in the bus terminal near the casino and then get on the bus on March 10. The teens got back off the bus and were fighting in the square.
The officer arrested a woman who allegedly continued to instigate the group to fight, despite being told to calm down and leave.
While the officer was putting the woman in the cruiser, he said 18-year-old Trevon Woodson of Cleveland grabbed him while he was placing the woman in the back of his cruiser.
This is when the person who posted the video to YouTube started recorded.
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The officer then told Woodson he was under arrest, but said Woodson tried to pull away.
“You can’t even get my arms and I’m bigger than you. I outta knock you out,” the officer said Woodson told him.
The two then struggled before Woodson landed on top of the officer with the crowd still around.
Police said Joseph Mosijowsky, an ex-Marine who had two knee replacements and walks with a cane, came to the officer’s aid. But then the teens started to go after him.
The RTA bus driver, George Williams, then came over and helped push the teens away, just as sirens are heard from backup police officers.
The group then fled the area, but officers were able to arrest two others involved in the incident.
Woodson is facing charges of assault on a police officer, obstructing justice and resisting arrest.
The police union said the two men who jumped in to help the officer helped prevent a possible huge tragedy. Due to how rowdy the teens were, the union said it believes this situation would have escalated.
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