FAIRFIELD — The 22-year-old man who may face felony changes for his alleged attack on a Fairfield police officer says he’s being made an example of problems at Lee Bell Park and that he only slapped the officer’s hand after police approached him.
“That is the only time I touched him,” Blake Brandon Cooper said of the March 4 incident that ended in his arrest.
The Solano County District Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to amend the criminal complaint against Cooper and add three felony charges that include battery resulting in an injury to an officer and resisting arrest resulting in an injury to an officer. Cooper has already been charged with three misdemeanors.
The District Attorney’s Office’s motion was continued Thursday in Solano County Superior Court to April 22.
Cooper said in a phone interview after the hearing that officers approached him aggressively at the park and that he told them he has mental disabilities.
“After they grabbed me I flipped out,” Cooper said.
He said a police dog bit him on the left leg and he was unable to walk for a week.
“I shake in my sleep,” he said of the encounter with the canine. “I have nightmares.”
The left leg the dog bit was injured in 2008 while snowboarding at Donner Ski Ranch and required surgery and 10 screws, Cooper said.
Going to Lee Bell Park, the site of city attempts to improve conditions after complaints by residents about problems involving homeless people at the park, is not illegal, he said.
“I’ve never caused problems for anybody at that park,” Cooper said.
“I used to live down the street,” he said. “I go there to chill.”
Fairfield City Council John Mraz has said Cooper should face felony charges and if convicted, be sent to state prison.
“Prison is for people who are kicking down doors and robbing people,” said Cooper, who described himself as laid back. “I don’t like drama, fights,” he said.
He spoke about being a Vanden High School graduate, working in Texas at several jobs before returning to Fairfield in November 2013. He said he pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and spent two weeks in the Williamson County Jail in Texas because his name wasn’t on the lease where he was living.
Cooper, who is staying with friends in Fairfield, called the prospect of prison for the March 4 incident ridiculous, but said he’s prepared.
“I can handle it,” he said. “I shouldn’t have to.”
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