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UPDATE: Man, Teen Arrested After Choking Officer and Breaking His Leg

Police report second attack on officer this month.

An officer suffered a broken leg after he was choked and attacked early Saturday, Livermore Police Officer Steven Goard said.

A 19-year-old and a teen were arrested after the incident, which is the second reported attack on an officer this month.

The officer, who was responding to a report of a disturbance at a house party, is expected to make a full recovery and return to full duty in a few months, officials said.

At 1:23 a.m., police were sent to the 900 block of Lambaren Avenue, near Olivina and Rincon avenues, after receiving multiple 911 calls for individuals screaming, breaking bottles and a possible fight, Goard said.

A police press release provides a description of the scene:

LPD units arrived on scene and observed approximately 100 subjects in the area. An officer saw a male juvenile who was extremely intoxicated and had difficulty walking. An officer attempted to check the welfare of the juvenile. During the welfare check, a group of individuals walked towards the officer and became confrontational.

Police said several people at the party attacked the officer while he was trying to take a 17-year-old into custody for public intoxication.

The police press release recaps the attack:

One individual from the group, a 17-year-old male, incited others to challenge the officer. The juvenile’s behavior was belligerent, confrontational, and created a dangerous environment to the responding officers. When the officer attempted to handcuff the juvenile, he physically attacked the officer by punching the officer in the face and torso multiple times. While the officer attempted to defend himself, an adult male Adrian Manzano, attacked the same officer from behind. Manzano jumped onto the back of the officer and choked the officer. The officer, the juvenile, and Manzano fell to the ground. Both Manzano and the juvenile continued to physically attack the officer. Other officers on scene came to the aid of the injured officer.

A resident who lives in the home that hosted the party said in an interview with Livermore Patch:

It was just a house party and everyone was having a good time and socializing.

The resident also said a small fight erupted at the party over a spilled drink, which escalated when more people got involved.

"It was not a gang-related incident," the resident said. "We just moved into the house and are just students at Las Positas College."

Patch readers commenting on this article said police used excessive force.

Goard provided the following statement to Livermore Patch in response:

I know that officers had to back up the crowd of friends trying to interfere with the officers.

No officers struck or swung batons at anyone. I know that with crowd control situations, batons are used to push crowds back and away from other officers. But (in) those cases, batons are held in both hands and not used in a swinging motion.

No one has come to LPD to report excessive force or claim to be struck with a baton from the incident.

Another resident who lives nearby told Livermore Patch that they woke up to "very loud screaming" at around 1:30 a.m.

The resident said:

There was a huge brawl, at least 20-30 kids . . . We heard the kids yelling, "Don't worry, you're only 17, can't go to jail."

In addition, the resident said the officer was taken away on a stretcher.

Officials said the officer complained of severe pain to his right leg. He was transported to ValleyCare Hospital, where he was treated and released with a broken leg.

"I do hope the officer is OK," the resident said. "Very sad that youth do not have respect for authority."

The Livermore Police Officers Association posted the following statement on Facebook:

The LPOA is concerned that these attacks on our officers will continue as the number of police officers employed in our city continues to decrease.

Manzano, 19, and the 17-year-old juvenile are both Livermore residents. Police said the two were arrested and booked on the following charges:

  • Battery on police officer with injury
  • Resisting or deterring an officer with force
  • Willful resistance to peace officer causing serious bodily injury

Saturday's incident is the latest reported attack on a Livermore officer.

On Feb. 10, attackers hurled concrete chunks and stones from a railroad track toward an officer. The officer was struck in the head and taken to a hospital, where he was later released. The officer was working to clear debris in the roadway underneath the P Street railroad crossing when he was attacked.

Police continue to investigate the attack and are asking the public's help in tracking down suspects. A $2,000 reward is being offered.

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Truth teller February 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Did you know that the current total number of sworn officers in Livermore is the same as it was over 15 years ago? Yet the city has grown by thousands. Those guys don't stand a chance with the conditions they work in. The world is getting more violent and more and more people feel its ok to challenge the police. The city council needs to look at reality and fill the spots left vacated by several recent retirements. The police are way understaffed and expected to do too much. The gang team has been taken away and the narcotics team has been taken away. How can we expect them to be able to protect us when they aren't protected by local government? Instead of slamming the police, we should all go to the city council meetings and demand answers! Why are we paying for police services yet the city is not providing the police department with the necessary personnel? Don't make your voice "heard" here. Maybe a hundred people read all these comments. Make your voice heard to city council.
Kari Hulac (Editor) February 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
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James Buckley February 20, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I lived in Livermore for 30 years before leaving for a more peaceful life in rural Northern California. I think Steve Lanes above comment has merit. I am in no way defending the actions of a out of control underage party, and assaulting a office has its just consequences, but do know in my 30 years of living in Livermore that some of the officers were far from sainthood and way to aggressive. If you live in Livermore and never have had any police contact or experiences you can't just blindly support your local police. There are and have been offensive officers on the force over the last 20 years, and tails of discusting conduct on duty and past rookie initiation parties with unbelievable activities during those parties told of by reliable sources . The outcome of this paticular police call may lean heavily on the actions of the underage party attendants but also could have been esculated by the actions of your police department, but in no way justify assaulting police even if they helped to inflame the situation. Sadly Livermore is now far different from the sleepy little town I moved to in 1973 and left from in 2003.
Livermoreresident February 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I do not know this particular situation, but I do know it is a fact that livermore police do make bad judgement calls time to time, and to make judgement on one side of the story and to go along and blame the parents is completely ignorant. Just a few months ago some children in my neighborhood 7-11 years old had guns pulled on them by Livermore police and where yelled at to stay down on the ground and had to do so for over 5 minutes, because te cops thought they were hunting deer, when the children where only playing. Is that not too excessive? Should parents be blamed for their children playing? These kids will now grow up with negative feelings towards police as they have been traumatized by the experience. Mind you all, this was on Hanson road, not rincon, so neighborhood does not matter. You should all get your facts before making judgement on someone's family. It's really none of my business what happens to these kids, nore do I care. But I am saying this to all those judging and going as far to say these kids are in a gang and should be shot. These comments are racist and naive.
hals1 February 20, 2012 at 07:10 PM
A permit for these large parties should be required as they lead to teens drinking, drug use, and violence. They disturb the neighborhoods and bring in undesirable persons who take advantage of the noise and confusion. I had a neighbor who had a couple of these noisy parties and went over to have them lower the music. The kids were mostly respectfull except for one or two but it didn't quiet down till 3 am. I warned them I would call police next time. There were a few break-ins on our street in the following months stealing from sheds and homes as well as vandalism. The parents also play loud music, left gas in open containers on the driveway's. They rent and have 4 families living in a litlle 1200 sq ft. home. They have 7 or 8 cars . Their kids are respectfull and friendly but not all their friends are. The owners and parents should be made responsible for the teenagers acts .
cmk February 20, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Again, who said it was okay to beat and choke a police officer? Can't find anyone here that said it was ok. Can you be specific or are you ranting aimlessly without grounds?
John February 20, 2012 at 09:41 PM
The police have a very tough job and it seems that as this town grows, they are getting more overwhelmed. we have seen gangs come in from Hayward and drug arrests are on the rise. Having said that I also know that they can also go overboard. I know Adrian quite well and from what many witnesses say he never jumped on the officer or struck the officer. He isnt the type of person to cause trouble and in fact was trying to stop the situation. After all of this settles down, and the truth comes out on both sides, I think you will see that charges are dissmissed or lowered. Were there a number of drunk underage kids in a group? YES! Did some of them get rowdy and loud? Yes! But in the chaos an officer fell down and broke his leg. Not a great situation for all involved. But reading an article, a statement from the police and casting judgement is just as wrong. let the courts work it out, and if people are guilty let them do time. The parents are not to be blamed. Our Nice Liberal laws have taken away parents rights to do anything so let the offenders (The teenagers) pay for their sins. As far as Adrian goes, he is a great kid, who doesnt deserve what is happening to him. If you dont know him, then you dont have a right to attack him just from an article.
mike February 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM
An officer "fell down and broke his leg"? He "is a great kid"? Wow! talking about spin. John-you may have a second career in politics, the way you turned this whole story on it's head.
Kristofer Noceda (Editor) February 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Police just released information on this arrest here: http://patch.com/A-qYXC
Anonymous February 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I couldn't agree more..
Bond, James Bond February 21, 2012 at 01:03 AM
The chance that an honest story will be given by the alleged perpetrators or witnesses is about as likely as winning the lottery.
JR February 21, 2012 at 03:15 AM
The kid is lucky he didn't get shot! Because after breaking his leg it would of been justified!
JR February 21, 2012 at 05:29 AM
The officer was attacked. His leg was broken. Was the kid hurt??? Your judging!! What if it was your neighbor having a party with 100 people smashing bottles in the street. I bet you would call the police!
JR February 21, 2012 at 05:35 AM
It is our business!!
mara February 21, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Please don't blame the parents. Sometimes we teach our children to the best but they just make the wrong choices. There's been plenty of cases were our officers just take advantage of the badge they hold. So please don't judge if see were not a witness. Those officers were brutal.
mara February 21, 2012 at 07:08 AM
For those that don't know. The officer trip and broke his leg. Adrian was sober. The second kid was not trying to jump the officer. He was picking up his brother from the party when he saw that a couple of officers were brutally hitting him on the floor. IF THIS WAS YOU SON/BROTHER What would you have done??? as a natural reaction and out of love you don't nothing bad to happen to them. Right? Sorry but that's reality. Under those circumstances sometimes you don't think right. Things happen too fast. We didn't even think of recoding what was going on in the moment. How many cops had this juvenile??? Why did the cops cover his face? That white bag over his face turn red from his own blood after that brutal attack the officers gave him. My God bring justice. My prayers are for justice/righteousness.
Livermoreresident February 21, 2012 at 07:27 AM
@JR... Judging? Yes he broke his leg, lol that is not a judgement call. Was the kid hurt? well by the looks of his picture he does have obvious black eyes, so I'd say he got a little hurt. But like I said, I DO NOT know this particular situation OR what happened. I only put out the FACTS that livermore police have made mistakes and have gone way over board before. I dont know if that happened in this situation or not, but every one continued to act as though these police do no such wrong, when in fact they have. That was my only intent. NOT to judge this case. Yes, putting your hands on a cop is dumb. Like others have said, truth will come out and the kids will or will not serve their rightful time. But thats not my busines if they do or do not go to jail. It IS my business as a Livermore resident to see and understand that the police have made mistakes in the past. That is all.
Truth teller February 21, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Dear Livermoreresident. Please check your facts before telling others to do so. Hansen Rd. is not patrolled be LPD. That is unincorporated Alameda County. That means it is patrolled by CHP and the Sheriffs office. The officers involved in the incident you brought up weren't LPD. Also, was making 7-11 year olds WITH GUNS in hand lay on the ground excessive? You didn't say there was any actual use of force? They made the lay down... Probably for everyone's safety. Have you not seen the news stories of young children shooting others? Even accidentally shooting themselves, their siblings, or their friends? Or what if the kid turns towards the officer not thinking about the fact that he has a gun in his hand? Are the cops supposed to believe (totally unfounded) that 11 year olds don't shoot people? Do they take that chance? If that's your neighborhood then you would also realize there are many homes in that area. Many with children. Were the cops supposed to ignore the potential safety risk to those people just so junior didn't have to be inconvenienced and made to lay on the ground? It's amazing how people think these days! You are complaining about how people with LOADED GUNS in public were treated because they were forced to lay on the ground! 5 minutes? Was that what your child (who has a great sense of time in stressful situations) who told you that? And even if it was... They had to lay down! Poor kids! How did they ever survive such abuse of power!?!? Come on!
James Buckley February 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Dear Truth teller, your blog handle is annoying to start with and your unconditional love of your local law inforcement tells me you have never had a single encounter with local police. They are very capable of acting aggressively toward people as they seem to lump most everyone they encounter into the same criminal loser category they deal with during their police service. The power of the position they are granted often goes to their heads with time. LPD has had some low quality officers in the last 20 years that should have been dismissed for poor performance on the job. I will give you one example told to me by the retired officer himself after leaving the force on a disability claim . He claimed at one time during patrol he stopped 3 black youths on College Ave and asked to see their ID's. Before returning their ID's and sending them on their way he removed a fine point permanent marker from his uniform pocket and drew bones in the noses on all 3 seperate I D's. The parents of the kids involved went to the police station to file complaints against the officer for his conduct. The officer involved simply told his commanding officer, ( come on do you really think I would do something that stupid and crazy to risk my job ) The commanding officer replyed,( I had to ask you). End of complaint and the retired officer found his sick and racist story very amusing. Just on example of some of Livermore's finest. So truth Teller put that in your rightous police pipe and smoke it.
True story February 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Also the 5'7 125 lb 17 year old had to spend a good amount of time in the hospital from his beating from a total of 6 officers at the end of the situation. Batons included. Stop these power hungry imbusals. Quit defending them because they have a badge. Not all cops are good. Livermore has its fair share I shady officers and it's about time we take care of them.
Anonymous February 21, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Do you think ghost is the beginning of Gge end?
Anonymous February 21, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Do you think this is the beginning or the end?
Anonymous February 21, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Truth teller, to tell you the truth I don't see a very bright future for u sport
Truth teller February 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Anonymous, those were very intelligent comments. Have the police take a month off and see how well behaved people of your same opinions act. You say F the police? Have fun with that! YOU have no reason to respect the police? The police have NO REASON to respect you... But they do anyways!
MommaEscamilla February 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Well said Cara! Funny when people actually look at statistics those that are so called "assaulted" by the police usually have criminal records and do not respect authority; for sure not law abiding citizens. How many law abiding citizens do you hear that "get beat down by the police" or are randomly victimized by law enforcement? People that make this accusation give themselves up and stick out like a soar thumb!
MommaEscamilla February 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
@voice of reason.....Very well said!!!
mike February 21, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Bravo-MsBags. You said it and lets not forget that Hispanics and Blacks often suffer more from the criminal element who prey on them in their communities.
Livermoreresident February 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Truth teller how dumb are you? I don't mean to get negative on here but you read my words COMPLETELY wrong! You have no right to call your self a truth teller. First of all, the children I talked about did not have guns. What are you smoking? They were playing around, with sticks or something I believe. The Livermore police were called by another neighbor believing they were teenagers with now and arrows hunting deer. The LIVERMORE police showed up, drew their guns at the children, and yelled at them to get down on the ground. These children had to stay on the ground for a five minute period and had to have guns in their faces. Hanson road is patrolled by Livermore police constantly. This is my neighborhood so I would know. The police drive down the street just to patrol about once a week or more, not chp. You just be confused with 84 or Buena vista. And these children were not my children, the parents sent letters to everyone in the neighborhood to inform them of te incident. You are no truth teller at all. Change your name.
James Buckley February 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Thanks Livermoreresident for your educated reply to someone who can't even read a story properly. His blog name is scarry as he is very self absorbed. My 30 years spent in Livermore has shown me some unpleasent stories and dealings with the LPD. They are watching and protecting the community, but who is really watching the LPD for proper conduct while on or off duty. Some of the officers hired may lack the same values and morals growing up in the same generation as the criminals they now are arresting. Blind community faith in people hired to enforce the law in your town can be as dangerous as the criminals they are arresting. The average law abiding citizens who are never involved with the local police are clueless to their actual job performance and can not make a valid or intelligent evaluation . It would be good to have a local community watch group to evaluate local police performance instead of just blind trust in their everyday performance.
ugh. February 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
"They were playing around, with sticks or something I believe." So was it sticks or something?

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