Skid Row Attack 4 Cops Take Down Homeless Man ... For Destroying TV Cam

3/4/2015 4:37 PM PST

Skid Row Attack -- 4 Cops Take Down Homeless Man ... For Destroying TV Camera

LAPD officers surrounded a homeless man on Skid Row, and slammed him to the ground before arresting him for attacking a news camera crew ... and the gripping and violent incident was captured on video.

L.A.'s FOX affiliate KTTV had a team shooting a story on Skid Row ... when a guy suddenly grabbed their camera, twisted, and smashed it. Video of the incident shows the attack was unprovoked.

The KTTV crew then called 911, and at least 4 officers responded. Watch the video ... they lock arms as they approached the suspect, and then an intense fight begins. One of the officers eventually pulls out a Taser ... though it's unclear if he actually used it.

Tensions are running high in L.A. after video surfaced of LAPD officers shooting and killing a homeless man known as "Africa" while trying to subdue him.