An angry crowd of BLM protesters attacked a group of police officers who were looking for a shooting victim
Several police officers were ambushed by protesters in Tampa, Florida. According to Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, police officers who arrived on a fake call about a wounded man during the shooting were attacked by activists.
"It's an ambush. I have no other way to describe it. When there are that many people out there and clearly no one had been shot. It was just a setup to get the cops there," Dugan said, according to WFTS-TV.
From the first minutes, a crowd of aggressive protesters provoked officers who tried unsuccessfully to find a shot man. A few minutes later, an angry mob was already chasing the fleeing officers, simultaneously throwing bottles and stones at them.
According to police reports, two officers were hospitalized with lacerations.
"There were hundreds of them — hundreds. We ended up having to call every single police officer that was available that night to respond there, from New Tampa to South Tampa," Dugan said.
Despite the planned attack on police officers, Chief Dugan said their department would not stop serving the residents of the city.
"The police, we always have everyone's back. Nobody has ours right now and that is what I think is missing here," said Chief Dugan. "The cops are not going to lie down. We're going to go out there and do our job, but we're being really careful."