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No retrial for man officers threatened to beat during arrest

July 18, 2019

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial for a Louisiana man who was filmed being detained by officers screaming and threatening to fight him.

The Houma Courier reports Christopher Verdin Jr. also was ordered to pay about $2,100 in court costs. Cellphone video of the 2017 arrest was posted online and showed Verdin being threatened while handcuffed. He was arrested on charges including aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said deputies Joseph Cehan III and Charles Cook Jr. were fired and a third officer was reprimanded for not reporting the behavior.

Verdin has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and faces criminal charges in a burglary during which a pet dog was killed. He unsuccessfully sued the sheriff’s office. It was dismissed on grounds of qualified immunity.

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Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

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