San Francisco cops injured while trying to break up fight at Powell Street cable car turnaround 

click to enlarge Hopefully there weren’t tourists around Sunday during a free-for-all fracas that injured two cops. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Hopefully there weren’t tourists around Sunday during a free-for-all fracas that injured two cops.

A police officer was knocked unconscious and another officer’s nose was damaged while they were breaking up a brawl near the cable car turnaround on Powell Street early Sunday.

The unidentified male officers had been patrolling the area in their police cruiser just after 2 a.m. when they came upon the fight near Ellis Street, Police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Damoon Arman, 25, of Pleasanton had allegedly initiated a verbal spat with a 30-year-old Concord man and began punching him, Esparza said. When the two cops attempted to intervene, another man who had not been involved in the brawl swooped in and attacked the cops, punching one in the head and face — knocking him unconscious — and the other in the nose.

That suspect was identified as Jerry Lovette Young Jr., 25, of Tracy.

In short order, Esparza said, numerous other cops descended on the melee and arrested Young and Arman, who were both on probation.

Young, who is listed as 6 feet tall and about 180 pounds, was booked into County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and assault on a police officer, along with two outstanding warrants out of Santa Clara County — one of them narcotics-related.

Arman, listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Esparza said.
Both police officers’ injuries are not life-threatening. They were treated at San Francisco General Hospital and have been released.

The cop who was knocked unconscious suffered a contusion, Esparza said.

It was not immediately known what caused the initial fight.

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