Accused students stole officer's radio, keys

Posted at 7:26 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 10:01:27-05

SAN DIEGO -- The Lincoln High School campus police officer allegedly attacked by three students wants to return to his job and believes what happened to him was due to a few bad apples.

In court last week the judge admonished one of the students -- identified as a 17-year-old senior who stars for the basketball team -- and blamed him for starting a riot.

10News learned the student is accused of attacking the officer from behind on Feb. 22, and then stealing his keys and radio -- rendering him helpless to call for backup.

The officer managed to deploy his stun gun on one of the students. The three students were arrested and charged in the incident. All are currently on home suspension.

School officials say the teens all plan to finish high school, either at Lincoln High or online. They will be punished, but not expelled.

The officer's mother told 10News her son is still in a wheelchair and cannot walk due to his head injury. He wants to go back to the school, but he has not been medically cleared.

Meanwhile, community leader Rev. Shane Harris is demanding that the San Diego County District Attorney's Office release the surveillance video because he feels it will show the public the truth behind the incident.

A rally led by several civil rights leaders will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Hall of Justice.