Homeless man arrested for alleged attack on Berkeley Police Department officer

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Zhong Xin Yang, a 34-year-old homeless man, was arrested June 13 for allegedly committing felony assault on a Berkeley Police Department officer, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The officer, who is also a trained medic and Crisis Intervention Team member, checked on the health of a man who was passed out on the corner of Allston Way and Shattuck Avenue at 5:19 p.m. The officer struck up a conversation with the man while waiting for the Berkeley Fire Department to arrive and perform a medical evaluation on him, according to Officer Byron White, spokesperson for the Berkeley Police Department.

While the officer tried to keep the man at that location, the man allegedly punched the officer in the face. The officer then got on her radio and called for other officers to assist her. The man continued to attack the officer, allegedly tackling the officer to the ground.

The firefighters assisted the officer and restrained the man. White said the man was later identified as Yang.

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Contact Suryan Bhatia at [email protected].