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Miami Police Beating Case a Mistrial

October 26, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ A judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of four police officers accused of beating a handcuffed suspect after jurors failed to come up with an unanimous verdict.

The officers, Jesus Aguero, Jorge Garcia, Wilfredo Perez and Jorge Castello, had faced civil rights charges for allegedly beating Alexander Anazco after his arrest in February 1997.

The officers had faced up to five years in prison if convicted.

All but Perez are among 11 officers scheduled to be tried in January in connection with questionable police shootings that resulted in three deaths and the wounding of a homeless man.

Anazco’s case likely will be tried again after the January trial, the judge said.

Aguero, the target of 46 internal affairs complaints, has been fired. He was acquitted last year of planting a gun on a homeless man shot by other officers in 1997.

The city has paid $4.7 million in recent years to settle claims of police brutality and excessive force.

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