Former Husker Cornerback Arrested for Assaulting a Police Officer

By: 10/11 News Team Email
By: 10/11 News Team Email

University of Nebraska Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested during the Friday night bar break.

He's out of jail on a $5,000 bond. He had to pay only ten percent of that, or $500. Dennard spend the weekend in Lancaster County Jail before appearing in court.

He's charged with assault on a police officer. It's a class three felony and carries a punishment of up to fine years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

His attorney, Terry Dougherty, says he happy Dennard is out of jail. Friends of Dennard sat in the courtroom out of support. They declined to comment.

The charges stem from a fight in downtown Saturday night.

According to Lincoln Police Captain Jason Stille, officers first noticed the UNL football player near 14th and O Streets around 2:15 Sunday morning.

Stille said Dennard was in a verbal argument with another man and the intensity of the argument was escalating. Officers separated the two who each went their separate way.

According to Captain Stille, within moments officers watched Dennard get into another argument with a different man. Officers separated them too.

Stille says as Dennard was walking away, he bumped into a third man, turned and struck him in the chest. That is when officers went to arrest the 22-year-old for assault.

Dennard pushed one officer, then struck him on the left side of his face. Stille said four officers were needed to take Dennard, who is 5'10" and 205 lbs., into custody.

The officer was not hurt.

Police reports quote Dennard as saying "I pushed the officer. If I punched him, I'm sorry."

He waived his Miranda right.

Dennard was cited for assaulting the man but lodged in jail for assaulting an officer, a felony, and cited for resisting arrest.


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