Former San Fernando Police Officer Saul Garibay pleaded no contest Friday, May 12, to a misdemeanor count of assault under the color of authority.

In a pretrial hearing, Garibay pleaded no contest to an assault charge involving a man at a gas station. The incident occurred following a disturbance call on June 15, 2021, at a gas station in the 1700 block of Truman Street in the City of San Fernando.

Garibay is said to have told the man to leave the property, and the man started to record Garibay on his phone. Garibay knocked the phone out of the man’s hand and pushed him.

Sentencing has been delayed until 2024. In the meantime, over the next year, Garibay is not allowed to work for any law enforcement agency or security firm. He must also surrender and can’t be in possession of any firearms and take 10 anger management classes.

If Garibay doesn’t comply with these conditions, he will then face the maximum sentence of one year in county jail.

Garibay’s next court date is May 13, 2024.

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