Judge orders Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s union chief to anger management over battery case

The top union official for Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies faced a misdemeanor battery charge over an altercation with a coworker.

Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association President Eric Schmidt has been ordered to complete anger management classes after being charged with misdemeanor battery. 

Driving the news: Thursday, a Fresno County judge ordered Schmidt to complete a 12-week anger management program. 


  • The misdemeanor battery charge will be dropped if Schmidt completes it. 

The backstory: The charge dates back to an incident in February that Schmidt had with a Sheriff’s lieutenant. 

  • Schmidt was accused of battery against a colleague and had not been placed on administrative leave. 
  • The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office has been prosecuting the case because of possible conflicts of interest with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. 
  • In March, Schmidt had been appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). 
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