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Police officer arrested for beating sleeping hospital patient and falsely arresting him for assault

By Mason White 11:35 AM December 25, 2014
Michael R. Lewelling 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A police officer in California, who also worked as a security guard at a hospital, was arrested on a host of charges.

The sheriff of San Francisco, is accused of assaulting a patient while he was asleep at the San Francisco General Hospital.

He then lied about the incident.

Michael R. Lewelling, 33, filed a police report, alleging that the victim had assaulted him with a wooden stick.

The victim was reportedly arrested and charged with a felony and a misdemeanor for assaulting the officer.

However, surveillance footage from the hospital showed that Lewelling actually assaulted the victim while he was sleeping.

District Attorney George Gascon said that the surveillance video showed “the victim hunched over in a chair while sleeping in the Emergency Room’s waiting area, awaiting a doctor’s appointment later that day.

Deputy Lewelling approached the victim and appeared to engage the man in a conversation at which point the victim slowly stood up, using a cane for assistance. Once standing, he attempted to take a step towards the exit.

“While the victim was attempting to walk away, the defendant grabbed the back of his collar, pulling him back into the seat and knocking his cane away. The victim never raised his cane in a threatening manner. A few seconds later, he appeared to grab the victim’s throat and began to choke him. The battery continued, and the victim was then placed under arrest,” police said.

After reviewing the surveillance footage, prosecutors issued a warrant against Lewelling. He was arrested and he faces charges including perjury, filing a false police report, filing a false instrument and assault under the color of authority and battery.

Lewelling was released from prison after posting bail of $138,000.