'Habitual criminal' knocks San Francisco cop unconscious 

An aggressive panhandler is facing 25 years to life in prison for punching a San Francisco cop twice in the face after throwing coffee on her.

A jury found “habitual criminal” Alfred Pitman guilty of multiple felony charges including battery on a police officer and assault likely to cause great bodily injury, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

On Nov. 28, Pitman aggressively asked the off-duty SFPD officer for money, according to evidence presented in court. The cop told him she was an officer and that he needed to tone it down, prosecutors said.

Pitman reacted by throwing a cup of coffee on her. While the cop tried to detain him, she asked a newspaper vendor to call 911. Upset by this, Pitman punched her twice in the face, knocking her unconscious, prosecutors said.

The maximum penalty for the career miscreant is 25 years to life in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1, prosecutors said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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