The man who hit an LAPD officer over the head with a snare drum during May Day demonstrations will spend one year in jail.
Brian German Mendoza, 23, pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court to felony battery that injured a peace officer. He could have spent nine years in jail, but a plea agreement with the L.A. County District Attorney cut down his sentence to three years. The judge gave Mendoza credit for spending time in jail since his arrest in May, so he will do one year in county jail and five years probation.
Mendoza apparently has a reputation for assaulting officers. When Los Angeles police arrested him for the May Day attack, he was already on probation for assaulting a peace officer in El Monte.
The snare drum attack was caught on tape and widely shared. A protester saw the video online and alerted the cops. That’s when a few LAPD officers recognized Mendoza as a man they’d arrested a few weeks prior. Mendoza was known to hang out at Skid Row.
Police Chief Charlie Beck called the attack “cowardly.” The blow dented the police officer’s helmet and caused her to suffer a minor concussion.