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Mississippi police officer convicted of assaulting man

November 8, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A police officer in Mississippi has been convicted of assaulting a handcuffed man.

WLBT-TV reported Tuesday that a Hinds County judge found former Jackson Police officer Justin Roberts guilty and fined him $500.

Roberts was recorded by cellphone in 2017 making an arrest and was seen punching and kicking a handcuffed man.

Roberts was fired by the Jackson Police Department. He now works as a police officer at Jackson State University.

An attorney for LaDarius Brown said his client suffers from memory loss and headaches since that arrest. Attorney Carlos Moore notes Brown was never convicted of anything. Moore says he’s grateful for the conviction.

An attorney for Roberts, Francis Springer, said the officer was just doing his job. Springer said he is considering an appeal.

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Information from: WLBT-TV, http://www.wlbt.com

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