Officer Charged for Allegedly Breaking Fellow Officer’s Jaw
POMONA, Calif. (AP) _ A friendly soccer tournament among police officers turned nasty when one officer slugged another, breaking his jaw and three teeth, authorities said.
California Highway Patrol Officer Ignacio Q. Garnica, 41, was charged with battery Monday.
Officer Michael Cleary was knocked down by Garnica during Thursday’s game at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, said Lt. Ron Veach of the university police.
As Cleary stood up, the 34-year-old San Francisco officer playfully brushed his hand over Garnica’s head and walked away, Veach said.
″Garnica came up behind him with a closed fist, struck him in the side of the jaw,″ Veach said.
Cleary’s right jaw and three teeth were broken, Veach said.
If convicted on the felony charge, Garnica faces up to three years in prison.