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Ex-officer cleared of assault: She’d said ‘yarmulke’ wrong

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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.