Charges dropped against person who was wrongfully detained by police, then hit ’15 to 25′ times

Charges have been dropped against a San Francisco man who was arrested last February for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest following an altercation that left the man with multiple injuries and fractures. Was sent to the hospital with cheekbones.

According to The Associated Press, in February 2021, Sergio Lugo was stopped and questioned by officers who were looking for suspects in a nearby burglary. The officers said they intended to find him, with Lugo saying he had no right to do so and told the two officers that he was about to walk away.

The office of the public defender representing Lugo said, “Without any verbal warning, the two officers grabbed his hand, kicked his legs out from under him and slammed him to the ground.”

A third officer witnessed the incident and intervened, saying he remembered hitting Lugo 15 to 25 times.

Officers alleged that they made contact after noticing a metal object in Lugo’s hand, which was later revealed to be an X-Acto knife after Lugo pinned it to the ground, and the object allegedly struck an officer’s hand. and cut the leg.

Lugo faced several charges as officers alleged that he attacked them and stabbed an officer while resisting arrest.

Earlier this week, Lugo’s lawyers said officers detained Lugo without evidence that he committed the crime, and prosecutors agreed to drop the case.

This image released by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office shows Sergio Lugo recovering in hospital with bruises, bruises and fractured cheekbones after an encounter with San Francisco police officers. Lugo was falsely accused of assaulting a San Francisco police officer who illegally detained him after beating him along with two other officers in February 2021, the public defender’s office said on Wednesday.
AP. Via San Francisco District Attorney

Police Chief Bill Scott said Wednesday he was disappointed to drop charges against a man he said was a “violent assault” that injured officers.

“Such attacks are unacceptable and should not be tolerated by our criminal justice system,” Scott said in a statement. “When they are, it sends a dangerous message that encourages criminals to use violence – not just against police officers.”

Lugo’s lawyer said he filed a complaint on his behalf with the Police Accountability Department.

After Lugo’s arrest, The San Francisco Police Department released a statement Saying that two officers were injured trying to detain Lugo, who turned belligerent and produced a razor blade.

The department said Lugo had attacked officers, stabbed one officer in the left arm and left knee, and injured another officer in his arm during the clash.

Lugo was booked into the San Francisco County Jail on charges of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, possessing methamphetamine, and stealing equipment.

The public defender’s office said that when police first encountered Lugo, he had a silver object in his hand, which police believed to be a vape pen.

“All parties agree that when police pinned Mr. Lugo, the cap fell off, revealing it was an X-Acto knife – a small pen-shaped tool often used in crafts The sharp edge caused superficial cuts to one. The officer’s pinky and knee, but officers’ blows to Mr. Lugo’s head sent him to the hospital with bruises, bruises and a fractured cheekbone,” the office said. said.

Lugo was later charged with three counts of assaulting an officer, displaying a deadly weapon to resist arrest, and resisting arrest by using force. He spent more than four months in prison.

“We carefully reviewed all the evidence in this case, including the statement, the surveillance, the fact that the police officer was not wearing body-worn cameras, discrepancies in the police officer’s statements, the fact that Mr. Lugo was intercepted by the police. Were dealing legally upon departure, and San Francisco District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Rachel Marshall said photographs of injuries from all sides—which showed serious injuries to Mr. Lugo, who was brutally beaten up by police during the encounter. was—and it was clear that this was not a proven case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.