Bradford West MP Naz Shah has released a statement on the attack of two police officers by a group of men in Girlington over the weekend.
Yesterday, a 36-year-old was charged and bailed in connection to the assault, and three more men have been arrested earlier today.
A video circulating social media showed horrifying footage of a police officer being beaten and robbed during an attack by a group of men.
The video, which cannot be shared as it is now a criminal investigation, saw members of a gang punch an officer in the face and lunge at him as he attempts to defend himself.
The video then shows an officer being pushed onto the grass and trying to retrieve his equipment. A man is heard shouting “little b****” as the officer lies on the ground.
A female officer soon comes to help her colleague as the group continues to surround the officer on the ground. She is seen trying to hold back one of the men whilst shouting “Get off him!”
A member of the gang is then seen filming themselves holding the officer’s radio and boasts about “violating the coppers”.
He is also heard saying: “We violate the coppers. We take their radios. You get me?”
Ms Shah said: “Horrific footage has emerged showing a police officer being punched and beaten by a bunch of thugs in Girlington over the weekend.
“West Yorkshire Police confirmed two officers were assaulted during the incident and required treatment in hospital.
“Last night I spoke with the district commander Rob McCoubrey regarding this callous attack on the officers.”
She added: “I’d like to thank the police for their swift enquiries which led to the arrests of the individuals.
“I am also pleased to hear that both officers who were injured were back on duty yesterday which is no doubt indicative of their commitment to public service and keeping our streets safe.
“There is no place for abuse of police officers doing their jobs here or anywhere. Police officers risk their lives to keep our communities safe.
“Those convicted of this sickening crime should face the full force of the law, without any let offs.”