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Officer fined $2 for hitting handcuffed suspect

Posted Mar 11, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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A police officer in Louisville, Ky., was convicted Friday of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect.

But Officer David Graham was spared jail time and fined only $2. Despite facing jail time and hundreds of dollars in fines, jurors chose to fine him $1 for the misconduct and a $1 for the harassment charge, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Graham, who is on paid leave, could still face disciplinary action because of the conviction.

The case stemmed from an arrest last March that was captured on videotape. Graham was accused of poking and slapping John R. Sanders, who still faces charges involving theft of an ereader.

Hat tip: Jonathan Turley.

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