MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A former police officer has been cleared of assault and harassment charges stemming from a fight over the pronunciation of "yarmulke."
Dispatcher Mary Ann Siegel said Capt. Lisa Brooks put her in a wrist hold after she corrected the officer on how to say yarmulke, the term used for a Jewish skullcap.
But Brooks, who had just returned from a two-hour standoff with a man yelling anti-Semitic slurs and brandishing an antique rifle, contended Siegel called her "stupid" and punched her in the shoulder.
Brooks was later fired and charged with fourth-degree assault and physical harassment. She was acquitted Thursday.