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Sunday, February 6, 2005

LA Police Officer Will Not Face Criminal Charges for June '04 Beating

On June 23, 2004, an LA police officer, John Hatfield, was videotaped using a 2-pound flashlight to strike 11 blows to Stanley Miller, the suspect in an auto theft, after he appeared to surrender.  A report issued by the District Attorney's office on February 3, stated that "Miller had led officers on a high-speed...pursuit in a recently stolen car and failed to comply with orders to stop and show his hands...Miller's furtive movements during the chase led officer to believe he might be arming himself."  For those reasons, even though Miller turned out to be unarmed, the DA's office decided not to prosecute for lack of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Hatfield's actions weren't without legal necessity.  The full story... [Mark Godsey]

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