Cellphone video captures officer being attacked by bystanders while trying to arrest suspect

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NASHVILLE, TN - It's been a rough week for police officers in Nashville.

In less than 24 hours, two officers were seriously injured after being attacked in the same neighborhood.

And this latest incident was caught on a cellphone camera.

Police say Officer Matthew Cammarn was trying to arrest a suspect for hitting a woman, and they are praising Cammarn's actions.

Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said, "After he was assaulted and in great pain, he chased down the suspect that had  assaulted that woman so I have nothing but admiration for the way they handled themselves."

Back in 2015, Cammarn recalled a case where he saved the life of a 17-year-old who had been shot and was bleeding to death...

"I mean I had blood on myself," Cammarn reflected. "There was blood all over his pants."

Now Cammarn is the one fighting for his life.

Naturally, Nashville officials are upset over the attacks on cops.

"They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and that did not happen this week," Nashville Mayor Megan Barry stated.

Chief Anderson agreed. "Attacks on police officers are unacceptable, and they will not be tolerated by this city," the chief promised.

Afterall, these are the people willing to die to keep us safe...something Officer Cammarn understands all too well.

"We are guardians. We're not warriors who go out there looking for trouble," Cammarn said back in 2015. "We are guardians of civilians who are out there."

The search continues for the "civilians" in the video who clearly don't respect the law.

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