Three good samaritans were caught on video saving a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer who was beaten on the side of the freeway last Friday. The cellphone footage showed the officer confronting 33-year-old Jaime Paniagua, yelling at a passing motorist and trying to remove a freeway sign. As the officer went back to his motorcycle, the man attacked him. At this point, Everado Navarro rushed in and started swinging at Paniagua. After Navarro called for help, two other bystanders jumped in to help subdue the suspect. "I see the officer down, I was concerned about the guy grabbing the officer's gun and shooting the officer," Navarro told KTLA 5. "I punched the guy from the back, but I feel like it didn't do anything. Like he was super strong, like he didn't even feel it." [tweet_embed]May 25, 2023[/tweet_embed] "I will do that for anybody anytime," Navarro concluded. CHP Officer Anselmo Templado praised the actions of the three men. "I just want to thank those three good samaritans for helping out our officer," he said. "It's not very often that you see something like that. Usually, it's just people recording and standing by, but I just want to thank those three Good Samaritans for helping out our officer. It could've ended very badly, but luckily for them no one was seriously injured, and we got the subject under control." According to the report, the officer would let Paniagua go with a warning. After the incident, he was charged with assault and battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest. The CHP said the officer was released from the hospital without serious injuries. The incident highlights the dangers that police officers face daily. Attacks against police officers have increased since cities and states have pushed to defund them. An August report showed a 14 percent increase in the number of officers shot over the year before. This number did not include the officers fired at but not struck. Crime has also been on the rise across America's largest cities. According to a report, crime rose 10 percent between Q1 2021 and Q1 2023. The increase in crime and attacks against police officers underscores the importance of law enforcement in maintaining public safety.