[T]wo men [Michael Del Buono, 45, and his 19-year-old stepson ] were minding their own business when another man began trying to converse with a woman nearby, who made it clear that she did not reciprocate his interest. Del Buono’s stepson asked the other man to leave the woman alone. The man s threatened Del Buono’s stepson. Del Buono stood up and intervened. The man shoved Del Buono, who responded by hitting the man on the jaw. At that point, Pack’s Tavern personnel forced the man to leave. Del Buono and his stepson finished their drinks and left Pack’s about 25 minutes later.
As the two made their way to their car, according to Del Buono, the ejected patron, who had apparently been waiting for them, jumped Del Buono. Del Buono defended himself, landing several punches, whereupon his assailant pulled a knife and stabbed Del Buono in the leg. At that point, APD Sgt. S. J. Riddle arrived, broke up the fight and asked Del Buono if he wanted to press charges.
He said he asked Riddle how to go about bringing charges against a law enforcement officer. (Apparently his assailant had identified himself as such during the melee.) At that point, according to Del Buono, the whole situation changed.
“He’s an officer?” Del Buono quoted Simpson as asking him. Del Buono said Simpson conferred with the other man, then told him, “You’re free to go.” Del Buono said he then told Simpson that, yes, he wanted to press charges. Instead, he said, Simpson told him, “You’re not doing anything,” charged him with being drunk and disorderly, and brought him, wounded leg and all, into the police station for processing.