Judge: Lincoln teens can view surveillance video

Posted at 11:46 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 17:21:02-05

SAN DIEGO -- Lawyers for two teenagers charged in the beating of a police officer at Lincoln High School last month will get to see the school's surveillance video and police body camera footage from the fight.

Judge Browder Willis ordered the footage be turned over as evidence Friday in Juvenile Court. He also released medical records for the officer from Sharp Memorial Hospital. However, he issued a protective order forbidding the lawyers from sharing any of the footage with anyone outside of the courtroom.

Cellphone video from the Feb. 26 event shows the altercation in which a student was stunned by an officer's stun gun. Students allegedly beat the campus officer so severely he was knocked unconscious and is still in a wheelchair.

Both teenagers face four counts each -- assault on an officer, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, assault on a school officer and resisting arrest. One of the teens also faces an additional count of theft. Prosecutors say he stole the officer's keys and radio.

Both teens have been released to home supervision.

One of the teens will return to school on Monday, March 14. However, he won't be attending Lincoln High School. He'll live with a non-relative and attend a different school in San Diego. Judge Willis also ruled to allow that teen to try out for the track team.

The other teen will continue being home schooled. His father told the judge Friday that the teen is on crutches and can't return to Lincoln. However, he is still enrolled as a student and is receiving assignments every day from the school. The father hopes that can continue so his son can get the three credits he still needs to graduate.

Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bahyani told the judge he's comfortable with the teens returning to school as it is part of the Juvenile Court's emphasis on rehabilitation.

"If there's not going to be engagement in any academic performance, that will set back his rehabilitative goals," Bahyani said Friday.

Before ending Friday's hearing, the judge warned the teens that it is their responsibility to follow all of the conditions of their home release.

"Anything that isn't above board, above standard," Judge Willis said, "could land you back in detention." "The burden is on you. Every move you make, keep your brain on clearly. I expect you to perform at the highest level."

The next hearing is set for March 30 at 8 a.m.