An off-duty CHP officer was attacked and rendered unconscious in Emeryville last week by a group of teens after he came to the aid of a woman whose cellphone had been stolen, according to police.
Surveillance video of the incident shows the off-duty California Highway Patrol officer trying to intervene and help the woman whose phone had been stolen at Bay Street.
The officer, who wanted to be identified only as Greg B., said the incident should have never escalated.
"It was a melee. It was chaotic. It was a really scary situation," he said. "It should have never gotten to this point."
The officer said he tried to run away from his attackers, but they surrounded him. He was beaten and choked almost to the point of unconsciousness.
"But I know that when I let him go, he's going to swing at me. And I let him go. I push him and sure enough, he turns around and swings at me," Greg B. explained. "I back up and that's when one of his friends came up behind me and struck me in the back of the head."