Orange County

Video shows Orlando officers attacked by man with a brick, police say

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two Orlando police officers are recovering on Saturday after being attacked by a man with a brick overnight in downtown Orlando.

Video given to Channel 9 by the Fraternal Order of Police shows the suspect, William McClish, hiding behind a car then ambushing the officers and attacking them with a brick.


The attack happened on the corner of Washington Street and Magnolia Avenue around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday.

This attack occurred just days after several individuals opened fire on two other police officers at random.

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According to police, video of Saturday’s attack was taken by the suspect himself who set up the camera and streamed the attack live to Facebook.

The officer hit with the brick suffered a broken nose. The other officer nearly had his left eye gouged out and was bitten several times on his arm and hand.

Both officers involved in these incidents have invoked Marsy’s Law.

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You can see on the video that McClish was secured and taken into custody following the attack.

McClish faces several charges including attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon.

Following this latest incident, Police Chief Orlando Rolón issued the following statement:

“In less than a week there have been two unprovoked acts of violence against the officers of the Orlando Police Department. One involved armed individuals who fired their weapons against the officers before they could get out of their car. The second happened last night when the individual took the time to setup his phone and do a live stream of his attack. The individual used a brick and caused significant injury to an officer and minor injuries to another. It took four officers to arrest him. These unprovoked actions should be a concern for all of our communities. What is also concerning is the extensive criminal history some of these individuals have in their history. Individuals like this do not belong in our society. Prosecutors and our judicial system must hold them accountable to protect our society and the men and women protecting our communities. One officer has a significant facial injury. The other was bit and nearly had his eye gouged out. Our officers will recover from their injuries, but individuals like this who take premeditated steps to harm law enforcement officers and other human beings must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot wait for an officer or a citizen to be murdered. Prosecution and proper sentencing will be a deterrent for those who think they will only get a slap on the hand and probation soon after a short time in prison. This is not much to ask for. It is the right thing to do to protect our officers and our society.”

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