Thirty-six-year-old A.M. was arrested for allegedly making threats against another individual. While she was being booked at the Century Regional Detention Facility, she attacked another officer for no reason, kicking him in the groin. Following this outburst, they were forced to restrain her, taking her handcuffed to the jail cell. Although the deputy she kicked was not injured, authorities are still taking the incident seriously. She could be charged with battery on a peace officer and action will be taken against her.
The fact that this was not the first incident she has been involved in does not help her case. She was arrested in October after she and two other off-duty deputies were found drunk and fighting in the early hours of the morning. The fight got out of control when one of the deputies went back to their vehicle to retrieve their firearm. One of the deputies involved was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon and A.M. was arrested for felony battery.
A.M. remains on leave as the incident is still under investigation. Even though she is a police officer herself, she could still be facing enhanced penalties as the battery was against another police officer. Under the California Penal Code Section 243, battery is any intentional force or violence against another person. Anyone convicted of this can be sentenced to up to six months in jail as well as a $2,000 fine. However, if the victim of the battery was a peace officer, the jail time can be increased to one year in jail as well as a $2,000 fine. If you have been accused of battery, your first step should be to talk to a Los Angeles criminal lawyer from our team at Martinian & Associates Inc. We offer a free case evaluation, so contact an LA criminal defense attorney today!