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Man gets year in jail for assaulting LAPD officer with drum on May Day

A man is charged with assault and battery on an LAPD officer after she was smashed in the head during a May Day protest.

July 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 23-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to assaulting a female Los Angeles police officer during a May Day protest and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation.

Brian German Mendoza was accused of striking Officer Mandee Duyanen on the back of the head with a snare drum on May 1 near Fourth and Hill streets downtown. The attack, which was caught on tape, left a dent in the officer's helmet. Duyanen suffered a concussion.

Mendoza was facing a nine-year prison sentence, but the prosecution dropped some charges as part of a plea agreement.

The judge suspended a three-year prison term and gave Mendoza credit for 122 days in jail.

Mendoza has prior convictions that include a misdemeanor assault on a peace officer to which he pleaded guilty in January.

City News Service contributed to this report.