Man caught on video attacking Fort Lauderdale cop appears in court

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A man who could be seen on cellphone video punching a police officer in the face and throwing her against a fence before apparently choking her in Fort Lauderdale appeared in court.

Marcelas Jones, 29, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with violence and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

He faced a judge on Friday morning and was ordered to be held on $25,200 bond. He was also ordered to not have any contact with the officer.

“Based on the allegations on the probable cause affidavit, we’re dealing with very serious allegations here,” Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon said in court.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police, the altercation between Jones and the officer occurred at 2225 NW 19th St., Thursday afternoon after he attempted to flee the scene of an incident.

Video taken by a witness shows the officer trying to detain Jones before he appears to punch her with his right fist and attempt to punch her again with his left fist.

He is then seen getting into a bouncing fighter’s stance and squaring up against the officer.

The officer is seen deploying her Taser towards Jones who then pins her against a fence while choking her.

Luckily, public service aides rushed to her assistance before her backup arrived.

Officials said the officer suffered minor injuries during the altercation and is expected to be OK.

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