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).