Calif. Judge OKs Firing of Officer
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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A judge Wednesday cleared the way for a suburban Los Angeles city to fire a police officer charged in the videotaped beating of a black teenager.
Inglewood police Officer Jeremy J. Morse had sought to delay termination proceedings until after his criminal trial, scheduled for October.
Morse’s attorney said he would consider an appeal. Assistant City Attorney Emmerline Foote said the city will move ahead with its effort to fire Morse.
Morse and Officer Bijan Darvish were indicted in connection with the July 6 arrest of 16-year-old Donovan Jackson. In an amateur videotape, Morse was seen slamming the handcuffed youth’s head down on a police car and punching him in the jaw.
Morse is charged with assault by a peace officer under the color of authority, and Darvish is charged with filing a false police report.
Both officers have pleaded innocent.
Morse is on paid administrative leave. Darvish and Officer Antoine Crook, who also was involved in the arrest, continue to work.
Hearings are set for Thursday to hear Darvish’s and Crook’s requests for preliminary injunctions preventing the city from punishing them.