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Officer injured by suspect's girlfriend

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A Gainesville police officer suffered a minor injury while trying to arrest a man suspected of hitting a stranger.  

Officer M. Bostick and Cpl. Kennedy were monitoring the crowd at Midtown during bar closing time on NW 1st Avenue.

They arrested Alan Stroup, 21, for battery after they said he struck a stranger in the face with an open hand.

Stroup resisted their efforts to handcuff him, according to the Gainesville Police Department.  As they were attempting to gain control of him, his girlfriend tried to intervene, according to police.

Officer Bostick pushed Bailey Pierce, 21, back and ordered her to stay back, according to GPD.

Pierce then grabbed Officer Bostick, which cut his ear, police said.

Pierce was taken to the ground and handcuffed.  

Investigators said a further search revealed Stroup possessed a baggie of cocaine.  They said Pierce had a half pill of Adderall, which she admitted she does not have a prescription for, police said.