Los Angeles police said Thursday that they had arrested a 23-year-old transient in the “blindside” snare drum attack that injured a female officer during May Day protests.
Brian Mendoza, 23, was booked Wednesday by Los Angeles Police Department robbery-homicide detectives on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer after an unidentified protester contacted investigators, according to police sources familiar with the arrest. He is known to frequent the downtown skid row area
Mendoza is nearly 6 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds, according to the sources. The female officer, who suffered a partial concussion, is about 5’1″ and weighs 115 pounds, police officials said. The impact of the blow jerked her head forward and dented her helmet, officials said.
Authorities said Mendoza is on probation for a previous attack on a peace officer in El Monte.
The incident was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube under the title “Cheap Shot on Cop.” In it, a man dressed in a black T-shirt and black hoodie is seen approaching the helmeted female officer, circling around behind her and striking her on the back of the head with the item before running off.
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