The former San Francisco fire commissioner who was attacked with a metal crowbar could face charges To incite assault with pepper spray – as defense attorneys allege, video shows him spraying another homeless man without provocation.
Don Carmenani, 53, was brutally assaulted on April 12 and left fighting for his life after suffering a fractured skull and jaw.
Pepper spray was used on a homeless man outside his mother’s home in the Marina District when Garrett Doughty, 24, allegedly hit him over the head with a crowbar.
Carmenani’s attorneys told him prosecutors could charge him because he used pepper spray and abetted the viscous assault and District Attorney Brock Jenkins decided not to prosecute Dottie because he was acting in “self-defense.”
A newly emerged video clip shows a man, believed by Dottie’s lawyer to be Carmenani, spraying a homeless man in an unprovoked attack in November 2021.
There are eight police reports and videos of an unidentified man holding a submachine gun to homeless people in the area between November 2021 and January 2023 that defense attorney Carmenani is accused of being involved in, According to San Francisco standards.
Don Carmenani, 53, who was attacked with a metal crowbar, may face charges of incitement to assault with pepper spray — as new video shows him unprovoked spraying another homeless man in November 2021, defense attorneys claim
The former fire chief sustained a fractured skull and jaw in the attack, and required 51 stitches after Garrett Doughty, 24, hit him over the head with a crowbar.
The video shows a man, wearing a baseball cap and face mask, walking towards a sleeping person on a darkened marina pier before spraying the person in the face for about five seconds.
The tramp tries to cover his face and get up before the suspect walks away.
Clegg Hathaway, the defense attorney representing Dottie, says the man in the video appears to be Carmenani and that he used a similar spray can on her client before he fought back.
“The public prosecutor and the police now have reason to believe that Mr. Carmenani was involved in eight separate acts of violence,” it said.
In all of them, the victims are not housed, and the victims are either asleep in their tents, sitting on a bench, minding their own business. And in all of them, this man who is described as… identical to what Monsieur Carmenani looks like.
Fortunately, one of (these incidents) was caught on video.
“This is just like the can he got while assaulting my client.”
She repeated the allegations in court on Wednesday and said the charges against Doty should be dropped because he was acting reasonably with knowledge of Carmenani’s alleged aggressive history during the incident earlier this month.
“I would like to say that my client is acting in legal self-defence,” she said.
But Carmenani’s attorney, Nick Cola, said his client was not the person in the video and had not carried out previous attacks on homeless people.
“Our client vehemently denies that he is the alleged person committing these acts against the homeless,” he said.
While Joe Alioto Veronese, a lawyer close to Carmignani, said he looked at the photo of the suspect in the attacks on the homeless and said it was not Carmignani.
He said: ‘It’s not like without anything. He’s a completely different man.
None of the police reports about the incidents mention Carmenani’s name although Hathaway said the police inspector included the reports in the file against Doty because they were “probably related to this incident”.
She believes the case against her client will be officially dropped on Thursday if Carmenani does not appear in court due to a delayed hearing.
Chilling footage shows Doty grabbing a crowbar from a dumpster and swinging training moments before April’s attack
Doty’s attorney says charges against him should be dropped because he was acting reasonably with knowledge of Carmenani’s alleged aggressive history during the incident.
It comes after the former fire chief claimed his attorneys told him that District Attorney Brock Jenkins had decided not to prosecute Doty because he was acting in “self-defense.”
He said the city was “burning” and “they’re driving out all the locals and everyone who pays taxes” in response to the news.
The shocking footage of April’s attack shows Doughty grabbing the crowbar from a dumpster and swinging a drill moments before the accident.
Carmenani claims that three people “smoked cocaine” as they leaned against his mother’s door on the morning of the attack.
‘Sad thing. My city is in chaos. They drive out all the locals and everyone who pays taxes.
Something has to change, the city is on fire, and now you have the National Guard coming in.
I have just been told off by attorneys suing M for using pepper spray to defend charges against me.
“My daughter and her friends carry spray, what if one of them when you have animals in the street saying they’re going to rape your daughter and kill your mother and you have nothing to do or help?”
Carmenani alleges that his attorneys told him that District Attorney Brock Jenkins had decided not to prosecute Dottie because he was acting in “self-defense.”
The San Francisco Police Department and the District Attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.
The shocking footage of April’s accident shows Dotti backing Carmenani up against a wall while brandishing a crowbar as he tries to defend himself.
The former fire chief raised his first defense but was dealt another blow as he wiped blood from his face.
Dottie is then seen chasing Carmenani down the road before leaving him for dead. He spent several days in the intensive care unit.
The homeless man was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with grievous bodily injury and assault with force likely to result in great bodily injury.
But officials later released him and he returned to the city’s crime-ravaged streets after blaming the attack on Carmenani.