The incident happened near Portsmouth Square on Friday night, but videos of the scuffle shared online on Sunday show how the incident unfolded, as a female officer attempted to detain a heavily-built male suspect without any backup.
At first the man seems to be cooperating, but as the officer approaches, pulling on her gloves, he suddenly turns around and grabs her. After struggling for several seconds, he easily pins her down to the ground.
The suspect has not been identified, but according to witnesses, he was a homeless man who had been vandalizing rental scooters and yelling racial slurs at Asian passers-by earlier in the day. After receiving a warning from police he refused to leave the area, and attacked the officer when approached again several hours later.
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