- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Sacramento, California, police officer is recovering after investigators say he was ambushed by two men who targeted him because of his profession.

Juan Gomez, 21, is facing a number of felony charges after he was accused of ambushing and brutally beating the officer in a hospital parking lot Monday morning. Jamaral Lee, 35, videotaped the attack and encouraged Mr. Gomez in the beating, police said. He faces a felony charge of advocacy of killing a peace officer, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

Sacramento police said Mr. Gomez approached the officer’s patrol car in a parking lot at Kaiser South medical center and knocked on the window, luring the officer out of the vehicle.

“The man had told the officer that there was someone in the area with a gun. He immediately and violently attacked the officer,” Sacramento Police spokesman Doug Morse told CBS.

The officer, who was not named, was knocked to the ground, and “the attack continued when that individual actually jumped on that officer and continued to strike him in the face,” Mr. Morse said.

Police said Mr. Gomez also tried to take the officer’s gun from his holster multiple times, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Eventually private security guards and bystanders in the area helped stop the attack, and both Mr. Gomez and Mr. Lee were arrested, CBS reported. The officer reportedly received treatment for facial injuries.

“It’s a very, very difficult thing to protect against,” former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness told CBS. “We’re likely to see an era, at least for a while, in which law enforcement will have to approach overall general contact with the public differently.”

Pastor Les Simmons, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, said these kinds of attacks hurt their progress.

“I could say to this individual and individuals that may think that what this young man did was justifiable that that doesn’t represent our community; it doesn’t represent change,” he told CBS. “There’s been a real effort both by the community and by law enforcement and the city to really have a conversation that moves our community into a better place.”

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