People Rush to Aid White Officer Being Beaten By Black Man He Was Arresting In Viral Video

A video that captured bystanders rushing to the aid of a white police officer who was being beaten by a Black man he was trying to arrest has gone viral.

The clip was shared on Twitter by @Grant911, the co-founder of popular Twitter account @Breaking911, late on Tuesday night.

"Well this took an unexpected turn...," he captioned the video, which has since amassed almost two million views.

It's not clear exactly where or when the incident captured in the video took place, but it starts with the officer attempting to detain a suspect in the street.

"Man, I didn't have nothing to do with this sh**!" A male voice is heard saying as the officer drags the man toward a vehicle. It's not clear what the man was being arrested for.

The officer is then seen struggling to place the man in handcuffs as he tries to get away.

After a brief scuffle, he manages to force the officer to the ground and starts repeatedly punching him in the face.

Then, two men, who both also appear to be Black, are seen dragging the man away from the officer.

The camera pans away from the officer and shows the two men, joined by several others, also struggle to restrain him.

One of the men is seen punching him and another manages to get him on the ground. The man continues to struggle as he is pinned down by one man while others kick and punch him repeatedly.

The officer soon arrives and places the man in handcuffs while he is still being held down.

At one point, it appears the man restraining the suspect places a knee on his neck and a woman appears to intervene to get him to change position.

Seconds later, a second officer arrives at the scene and moves the man restraining the suspect away. "He's cool, he's cool," the first officer says as the clip ends.

The video comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Black community and law enforcement in the U.S. after a series of high-profile police killings of Black people.

The death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day kicked off a summer of protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the U.S.

Demonstrations have continued for more than 100 straight days in Portland, Oregon while fresh protests erupted after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month and after the release of a video that showed Daniel Prude's deadly encounter with police in Rochester, New York.

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Demonstrators march for Daniel Prude on September 07 in Rochester, New York. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images