Posted: August 3, 2018 Man found guilty of felony assault for punching police officer in Chicano Park Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, August 3, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man who punched a San Diego police officer in the face after the officer and his partner ordered him to stop walking in the middle of the street near a rally at Chicano Park was convicted Friday of assault and other charges.Jurors found 39-year-old Frederick Jefferson of San Diego guilty of felony assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, resisting an executive officer and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer after one day of deliberations. The defendant faces about nine years in state prison when he is sentenced Aug. 31, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Reilly.Reilly told the jury that Jefferson “wanted to play by his own rules” when Officers Matthew Ruggiero and Justin Tennebaum tried to get him to walk on the sidewalk on Logan Avenue the morning of Feb. 3, close to where two rival groups were rallying in the park.The prosecutor said the officers had every right to stop and enforce traffic laws against jaywalking and to use force when Jefferson reacted violently to their requests to move onto the sidewalk.“Get out of the street,” one of the officers said to Jefferson. “C’mon dude, stop! You’re gonna get a ticket, or go to jail!”The prosecutor said Jefferson reacted suddenly and violently when the officers got out of their patrol car and tried to grab the defendant’s arms and move him out of the street.“Don’t you put your hands on me,” Jefferson is heard saying on one of the officer’s body-worn cameras.Reilly said Ruggiero pulled out his police baton but didn’t use it on Jefferson until the defendant started swinging at him.Ruggiero was hit in the face two or three times and suffered a fractured nose and cheek bone.Jefferson struggled with at least five other officers before being taken to the ground and handcuffed.The defendant testified that he was minding his own business, walking toward what he thought was a parade, when the officers grabbed his arms. Jefferson told the jury he acted in self-defense.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:43 X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A caravan of migrants traveling through Texas border cities is arriving in Houston today. The group’s been speaking to residents about the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz will bring us the latest. And a recent report outlined what it called “Houston’s Dangerous Apartment Epidemic.” News 88.7’s Allison Lee has more on how the city’s responding.Also this hour: Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, Texas industrial facilities released pollution at levels beyond what federal law allows on more than 900 different occasions — more than any other state. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas, called Troubled Waters. We learn more about the report and how the Clean Water Act can be improved to prevent such pollution.Then: Writer William T. Vollmann is taking on a vast, complicated, and emotionally charged subject in his latest work: climate change and fossil fuels. He’s dubbed his forthcoming two-volume series on those subjects Carbon Ideologies, and he tells Michael Hagerty more about what he discovered.And we learn more about Sam Houston State University’s National Book Awards Festival. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:03 U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionUndocumented immigrant children at a U.S. Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, Texas.Texas’ undocumented immigrant population grew 5% over the last seven years, according to information provided by the Center for Migration Studies. Nationwide, however, the undocumented population decreased by 9%, according to a new report by the center. Though the state’s undocumented population now includes 75,000 fewer Mexicans, more people are coming from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and India.“The entire undocumented population living in Texas, including Mexico and every other country, actually increased by 95,000,” said Center for Migration Studies researcher Bob Warren.Center for Migration StudiesThe report also showed that nationwide 62% of undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. by overstaying their visa.Researcher Bob Warren said that’s why solutions to illegal immigration should address both the border and visa overstays. “More people overstay visas than come across the border illegally and what that means is that more attention should be paid to the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, which issues immigrant visas,” said Warren. In 2016, 320,000 people overstayed their visa, according to the report. X