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Assault on Virginia police officer while witnesses stand by caught on surveillance camera

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A 23-year-old man from Washington DC was taken down by a Fairfax County officer in Virginia over the weekend, after the officer attempted to stop the man due to a strong marijuana-like odor.

Dadrian Jegede was approached by the FCPD officer after the officer smelled marijuana on him.

Not wanting to be detained, Jegede pushed the officer away, resulting in a struggle that eventually turned into a grappling match on the ground.

Passersby recorded the incident on their phones, though nobody stepped in to help the officer. The incident was also caught on surveillance video, showing the two men rolling around on the ground in an attempt to gain control over one another.

According to The Washington Post, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. referred to the footage as a good example of how “officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect our community,” adding that “when we encounter someone who resists a lawful arrest and attacks us, we are concerned for the sanctity of all human life.”

The officer eventually gained control over Jegede without injuring either party, resulting in Jegede’s arrest. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and assault on a police officer.

It was soon discovered that Jegede also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court from Prince William County. He is being held without Bond.

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