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Police Officer Injured During Anarchist Protest

Police Officer Injured During Anarchist Protest
Stitches To Close Gash In His Head

Approximately 50 people broke away from the main protest about 9:50 p.m. and began breaking windows.

July 9 (BCN) — San Francisco police have released the names of two of the three suspects accused of seriously injuring a police officer in the Mission District Friday night.

The officer suffered a serious head injury after protestors from the anti-G8 summit rally threw a mattress under the officer's car in an attempt to ignite it.

Cody Tarlow, 21, of Felton and Doritt Earnst, 31, of Berkeley are in custody for allegedly committing the crimes, along a third suspect, "John Doe," who has refused to give officers his name.

According to Officer Maria Oropeza, approximately 50 people broke away from the main protest about 9:50 p.m. and began breaking windows and knocking over garbage cans near 22nd and Mission streets.

The officer -- responding to the vandalism call -- was driving down 23rd Street when the suspects allegedly threw the mattress under the car.

The officer left the vehicle to arrest the suspects, when he was surrounded and struck on the head with an unknown object, Oropeza said.

Each of the three suspects was charged with attempted lynching, malicious mischief and attempting to burn property, battery to a police officer, aggravated assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon while and willful resistance to a police officer that results in serious bodily injury.

Doe was also charged with inciting a riot. Tarlow was additionally charged with wearing a disguise for the purpose of escaping discovery or identification in connection with a public offense. Earnst was also charged removing a weapon other than a firearm from a police officer.

The officer remains in the hospital and his name has not been released, Oropeza said. No further information is available at this time.

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