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Former officer avoids federal felony charges

Pennsylvania readers may recall media coverage of an alleged act of police brutality. The incident took place some time ago, in 2003, and resulted in federal felony charges. At that time, the officer was following a vehicle that contained three young people. When that vehicle pulled into driveway, the officer drive on, until he noticed that an occupant of the vehicle seemed to be waving for his attention.

The officer allegedly walked up to the scene and threw one of the three young men to the ground. He is also accused of punching him. All of these acts were allegedly conducted without any form of provocation on the part of the young men, two of whom admitted to having consumed alcohol.

The officer was facing a federal civil rights charge, as well as a claim that he falsified records in the case. However, in a recent plea agreement, the officer agreed to accept responsibility for a lesser charge. This will allow him to avoid a trial in the matter, as well as the unpredictable outcome that is always a risk inherent in taking federal charges to trial.

The Pennsylvania man, now 43 years of age, was once employed as a police officer in Redship Township, but is no longer working in that capacity. He is expected to receive probation, in addition to six month's of house arrest when he goes before a judge for sentencing in January. This is a far more desirable outcome than what would have followed a federal felony charges conviction.

Source: wtrf.com, "Ex-cop accused of hitting man pleads guilty to lesser charge", Oct. 9, 2015

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