Lincoln High students request charges be dropped

Posted at 11:39 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 15:20:32-04
SAN DIEGO – Two teenagers accused of attacking a San Diego police officer during a riot at Lincoln High School last month are asking a judge to drop the charges. 
An attorney for the teens asked a Juvenile Court judge Wednesday to put the teens on informal supervision. If they engage in good conduct over the next six months, their charges could then be dropped. 
The judge will rule on the request at a May 11 hearing. Because of the severity of the charges, Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bahyani, who is prosecuting the case, told 10News he would be “shocked” if the judge grants the request.
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. The school resource officer was taken to the hospital with a head injury. Four students were also taken for treatment for being pepper sprayed.
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 returned to school earlier this month. However, he is not attending Lincoln High School. He is living with a non-relative and attending a different school in San Diego. The other teen is being home schooled.
School surveillance video and police body camera footage from the fight still has not been made public.