Police in Orlando have released bodycam footage that shows a man attacking an officer by punching him in the head multiple times on Thursday.
In the footage, which was obtained by WESH 2 News, the officer uses his Taser and pepper spray on his attacker, James Mossetty, who was ultimately unaffected by both weapons.
The officer was later taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Mossetty now faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence.
In a statement to Fox 35 News, a spokesperson for the Orlando Police Department said that the attack was unprovoked.
“Our preliminary investigations revealed the officer was sitting in his marked patrol vehicle when suddenly a man later identified as James Mossetty began banging on the officer’s car,” the spokesperson said. “We can confirm the officer asked for assistance over his radio and exited his patrol vehicle. The man then attacked the officer and a physical fight ensued.”
The footage shows the officer using his Taser on Mossetty after telling him to “get on the ground” several times. Once it’s deployed, however, Mossetty bats the cartridges away and continues to walk around as though nothing has happened.
The officer then uses pepper spray on the man, which doesn’t work either. Moments later, a physical fight breaks out between the two.
At one point in the footage, after backup has arrived, the officer says that he’s “feeling dizzy” because Mossetty “punched [him] in the head multiple times.” He was later hospitalized for head injuries, but has since been released.
Back in November, Mossetty was arrested for a “similar attack on a police officer.”
When asked if he thought Mossetty intended to “fight a cop,” Chief Orlando Rolón said, “We don’t know what possessed him to do this, but what we can clearly see is that he has a history of getting involved in felony-type situations, to include battery on a law enforcement officer.”
According to the Law Office of Roger P. Foley, P.A., aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer is considered a first-degree felony in the state of Florida. Punishment could result in a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a “maximum of 30 years in prison.”
Resisting an officer with violence, on the other hand, is considered a third-degree felony. Those found guilty can either receive a fine of up to $5,000 or up to five years in prison, the law firm said.