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A criminal suspect who’d apparently been trying to boost his street credibility reportedly used Facebook to live-stream himself assaulting two Orlando police officers with a brick early Saturday morning.
“Orlando police say two officers were standing on the corner of Washington and Magnolia on Saturday just before 1 a.m.” when suspect William David Kevin McClish ran up behind a car, grabbed a brick and then attacked the officers from behind, according to local station WOFL.
The whole incident was captured on his camera, which had been placed on the ground a couple feet behind the vehicle he’d run up to.
Watch the self-incriminating footage below (*Graphic content):
2 Orlando Police officers ambushed by a suspect with a brick at 1am downtown. The Union President says the suspect set up a camera to livestream it all. Officers were injured but able to arrest William Mcclish. #Fox35 @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/OqGA9ywg1P
— Valerie Boey FOX 35 (@vboey) September 25, 2021
Both officers sustained painful but thankfully non-life-threatening injuries before other officers were able to tackle McClish and stop the assault.
“The one hit by the brick suffered a broken nose. The other officer nearly had his left eye gouged out and had his biceps and some fingers bitten,” Orlando Police Union president Adam Krudo told WOFL.
Below are photos of their injuries, as well as a photo of the suspect:
More details about the injuries suffered by two @OrlandoPolice officers who were attacked by a man with a brick. @OrlandoPDChief says one officer has a significant facial injury. The other was bit & nearly had his eye gouged out. William McClish is under arrest. @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/DQ4bjF0nkZ
— Amy Kaufeldt FOX 35 (@Fox35Amy) September 25, 2021
As of Sunday, both of the injured officers were at “home recovering,” according to Krudo.
Meanwhile, questions were being raised over what the hell is going on in Orlando. Last Tuesday, only a bit over three days prior to the latest incident, three suspects opened fired on two officers in an “unmarked vehicle,” sparking a shootout.
“[T]he officers simply pulled up. As they tried to make contact, before they could get out of their car, there are shots that went into that vehicle that they were in,” Orlando Police chief Orlando Rolón announced after the shooting.
He added that thankfully, there were no officer causalities.
“We are very fortunate not to be speaking about an officer-involved shooting where we may have lost one of our officers in this incident,” he said.
BREAKING NOW: An officer-involved shooting is being investigated near the 408 and Tampa Avenue. One person was injured. @OrlandoPDChief Rolón is briefing the media. https://t.co/pKeZA5RsrW
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) September 21, 2021
“We’re kind of puzzled as to how this happened,” Rolón added at the time.
He repeated this refrain after the brick assault early Saturday.
“In less than a week there have been two unprovoked acts of violence against the officers of the Orlando Police Department. … These unprovoked actions should be a concern for all of our communities,” he said in a statement.
“What is also concerning is the extensive criminal history some of these individuals have in their history. Individuals like this do not belong in our society. Prosecutors and our judicial system must hold them accountable to protect our society and the men and women protecting our communities.”
Our #lawenforcement officers have been the target of a second unprovoked attack in the same week. pic.twitter.com/Sd3MfHw6q5
— Chief Orlando Rolón (@OrlandoPDChief) September 25, 2021
Despite being in the currently red state of Florida, Orlando is a Democrat-controlled city with a history of electing “progressive” prosecutors.
Before leaving office this year, Orlando state prosecutor Aramis Ayala had sought to appease Black Lives Matter extremists arrested for resisting arrest, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Her successor, Monique H. Worrell, appears to be just as “progressive.”
“Voters chose in favor of criminal justice reform when they overwhelmingly picked Monique Worrell for Orange-Osceola state attorney over a candidate who advocated for increased incarceration and a return to ‘tough on crime” prosecution,’ the Sentinel reported following her election last November.
“Her platform: reducing incarceration for non-violent offenders; holding accountable police officers who engage in serious misconduct; reforming cash bail to eliminate penalties on the poor; and keeping children out of the juvenile justice system or adult court when possible.”
Notice how her platform included nothing about victims, nothing about assaults on the police, etc.
“One officer has a significant facial injury. The other was bit and nearly had his eye gouged out. Our officers will recover from their injuries, but individuals like this who take premeditated steps to harm law enforcement officers and other human beings must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Rolón’s statement continued.
“We cannot wait for an officer or a citizen to be murdered. Prosecution and proper sentencing will be a deterrent for those who think they will only get a slap on the hand and probation soon after a short time in prison. This is not much to ask for. It is the right thing to do to protect our officers and our society.”
According to reports, the three suspects involved in the shooting last Tuesday have been apprehended and charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault with a firearm.
It’s unclear whether the charges will stick, or whether Worrell will — in “progressive” fashion — ultimately go soft on the shooters.
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