A 27-year-old North Carolina police officer was airlifted to UNC Medical Center early Saturday morning after being severely beaten as onlookers filmed and even cheered on the man assaulting the officer.
It all started just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, when a Rowland Police officer responded to a disturbance call. Upon arrival, officer Michael Sale encountered Jamel Alphonso Rogers. At some point during the call, Sale attempted to place Rogers in custody. Sale placed a handcuff on one of Rogers’s wrists before Rogers began to beat the officer.
An onlooker pulled out his camera and began filming the attack on the officer. Roughly three minutes into the eleven-minute video, the officer pleads for the onlooker to help him, only to have the unidentified cameraman laugh and mock the officer.
CAUTION: The video is very disturbing.
At one point in the video, another man pulls the assailant away from the officer. The cameraman tells other witnesses not to interfere while continuing to laugh at the officer.
The video after nearly 10 minutes after the unidentified cameraman says backup is coming.
Rowland Police Chief Graham said Officer Sale was the only officer on duty Friday night, and because of that, it took backup some time to get there. Graham says that while the video is disturbing, it will help prove the assault and hopefully lead to a conviction. Graham said the video shows the harsh reality police face each and every day.
“Today’s society, that’s just how they think and operate. This is something that we, as law enforcement, been telling the public for years. It’s not shocking to us because we been doing this for years,” said Graham.
This is not the first time Officer Sale was attacked on a call. Less than a year ago, while working for the Maxton Police Department, Sale was surrounded by a crowd and severely beaten by a man. That assault was also captured on video and shared on social media.
Graham said Sale had a hard way to go in the past year just for trying to do his job.
Rogers is currently in jail charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intentions to kill while inflicting serious injuries, kidnapping, and two counts of resisting a police officer.