Former Daly City cop charged with misdemeanor assault 

A 24-year-old former Daly City police officer faces up to two years in jail for allegedly pointing his gun at a friend’s stomach and putting a knife to another friend’s throat while roughhousing.

Nicholas Skourtis is charged with one count of assault with a firearm, one count of brandishing a firearm, one count of assault with a knife and one count of brandishing a knife, all misdemeanors, for the two separate incidents, San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Wednesday.

“That’s not how a police officer acts,” Wagstaffe said. “[He was] a police officer who has been trained in safety.”

Last September, Skourtis was out with friends at a burger joint in Daly City when one of his friends dropped his cell phone. Skourtis picked it up and refused to give it back, according to prosecutors.

His friend tried to get the phone back, but Skourtis pulled out his gun and pointed it at his friend’s stomach, prosecutors said.

“He said, ‘What are you talking about?’ and put the gun to the guy’s stomach,” Wagstaffe said.

The incident went unreported at the time, but in February Skourtis was at a Starbucks in Burlingame with some friends and started talking to someone about “the best way you could harm someone,” Wagstaffe said.

“He then demonstrated by putting a knife to the person’s throat,” Wagstaffe said.

No one was hurt in either situation, but after the Starbucks incident someone reported Skourtis’ behavior to police.

The District Attorney’s Office then investigated the reports, filed the misdemeanor charges against Skourtis and ordered him to appear in court. He pleaded not guilty on March 30, and remains out of custody on his own recognizance.

Skourtis appeared in court Tuesday for a pretrial conference, but his attorney asked for more time to talk to his client and the case was rescheduled for May 26 when Skourtis can either take a plea deal or decide to go to trial.

Wagstaffe said Skourtis’ behavior was inappropriate and that he is no longer working as a police officer.

“This was an unacceptable juvenile act by somebody trained not to engage in conduct such as this,” Wagstaffe said.


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