Jury finds police officer not guilty
A jury found an Orlando police officer not guilty of battery in the beating of a homeless man during a trespassing arrest two years ago.
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After listening to three days of testimony, it took the jury 2½ hours to find Officer Ed Michael not guilty. Michael bowed his head and sobbed openly in court as the jurors confirmed, one by one, that not guilty was his or her true verdict.
The jury obviously believed Michael's story that the trespassing suspect swung a loose handcuff at him and believed that the officer felt threatened enough by that that he had a right to level four or five forceful punches on the suspect's head to protect himself.
All the experts testified that the fair standard to judge the officer was whether he perceived a threat and whether his response was reasonable.
Read the Orlando Sentinel article here. See previous post here and check out the comment -- a statement by the Fraternal Order of Police entitled: "Jury Understands, Prosecutor Doesn't."