SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A man has been convicted of knocking an off-duty police officer unconscious in an attack in downtown San Francisco last November, a spokesman with the district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Alfred Pitman was convicted by a jury of battery on a police officer that caused serious bodily injury, with the enhancement of being a previously convicted felon, spokesman Seth Steward said.

The attack happened on Nov. 28 near the intersection of Sutter and Powell streets, where Pitman approached the female officer, who was off-duty, and aggressively asked for money, according to the district attorney’s office.

The woman identified herself as a police officer and told Pitman he was being too aggressive. At that point, he threw a cup of coffee on her, prosecutors said.

The officer tried to detain Pitman, and as she asked a newspaper vendor to call 911, he punched her twice in the face, knocking her unconscious, according to the district attorney’s office.

Pitman was eventually arrested and was convicted by a jury of the battery charge on Friday, Steward said.

Because defense attorneys asked for a bifurcated trial in which jurors were not made aware of Pitman’s previous offenses until after the verdict, he was not convicted on the enhancements until Monday, Steward said.

Pitman faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 1.

Comments (6)
  1. Anne says:

    What does it mean to be a police officer especially when an officer can’t defend herself? Seriously, why wasn’t she even allowed to carry a pepper spray or a gun to protect herself from this raving maniac? I want to see mr, Pitman to being locked in jail for the rest of his miserable life. I wish the that officer was equipped with a handcuff, pepper spray and a gun to help defend herself, even when she’s off duty. Does that make an ounce of sense? I wish that Gascon should look into this.

    1. athenia says:

      Most police officiers do and can carry a firearm off duty! He probably surprised her with the punch! I am very concerned about the vendor, as he was slow in responding, and what about the public? Don”t forget, she was alone, with no other police

      1. Shinea says:

        If the vendor was allowed to carry a gun maybe he would have been quicker to “respond”. A police officer, supposedly trained to be able to deal with this, allowed to be armed while the vendor is not, and you question the VENDORS response? Where were the police? When this happens to an ordinary person, that’s the first thing they are told to do, call a cop. Now, when it’s the cop, taking a beating it’s the citizen who’s supposed to intercede? That seems a bit hypocritical don’t you think?

    2. Mike says:

      Off-duty officers are allowed to carry firearms. Why she didn’t is a question for her. Maybe she was but didn’t see the need to pull a gun until it was too late? All citizens of good character should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon, just as off-duty officers are!

  2. Baby Boomer says:

    When I was a kid boys didn’t hit girls and men didn’t hit women. There are way to many cowards today.

    1. adam says:

      In San Francisco…a man could be a woman and vice versa. I will not take that chance.

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