News Jury Acquits Man Arrested In Violent University District Incident
posted by September 11 at 14:42 PMon
A jury has acquitted Michael Lujan of obstruction and pedestrian interference charges filed against him following a violent altercation with police officers in the University District last year.
From my November 2007 story:
According to the police report, Michael Lujan, 26, and Mark Hays, 36, crossed out into traffic on 45th Street, right in front of an unmarked police SUV. When Lujan approached the vehicle, the driver—Sergeant Shane Anderson—instructed the men that they were “committing the crime of pedestrian interference.” According to the report, Lujan and Hays walked away making “disparaging remarks” about the police. Officers—all members of one of the SPD’s elite Anti-Crime Teams—ordered the men to halt. Lujan and Hays ran, but one officer was able to grab Lujan. Moments later, the officer was tackled by Hays and all three men tumbled to the ground.
In February, a jury convicted Mark Hays—the man on the ground in the video—of assaulting an officer.