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May Day LAPD officer attack: suspect arrested

A man is seen attacking a Los Angeles police officer during a May Day protest on May 1, 2012.

May 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man suspected of assaulting a female police officer during Tuesday's May Day protests has been arrested.

Video taken by witnesses showed a man with a snare drum sneaking up on a female officer and striking her in the back of the head. She suffered a concussion with the force of the blow, which put a dent in her helmet.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Brian Mendoza was arrested Wednesday in connection with that attack. He was being held without bail.

Meantime, police are still looking for a group that attacked officers with a wooden pallet. The suspects dropped the pallet and escaped into the crowd.

Anyone with information was asked to call police at (877) LAPD-24-7.