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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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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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