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Police officer in YouTube video placed on paid leave

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is now on paid administrative leave, after being recorded during a traffic stop.

The YouTube video, which has gotten thousands of views, shows the officer react angrily after rear-ending a motorcycle. It happened near Harmon Avenue and Koval Lane.

The officer will be on paid administrative leave until LVMPD completes an internal investigation.

The motorcyclist, John Paul Rosario, had a video camera attached to his helmet.

Rosario was never issued a ticket by the officer and is glad the police department has taken action. But, he thinks paid administrative leave is pretty generous for what he describes as "uncalled for aggression by an officer."


Charleston County deputy charged with assault

CHARLESTON, S.C. A Charleston County deputy has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after authorities say he punched a teen during a November traffic stop.

State Law Enforcement Division agents took 27-year-old Christopher Davis into custody Friday.

Investigators say Davis pulled over 19-year-old Devante Pittman on Nov. 11 for not signaling a turn.

Authorities say Davis punched Pittman several times in the mouth during the stop before arresting him and putting him in handcuffs.

Davis told investigators he hit the driver only after the teen grabbed him. Pittman also is charged with a misdemeanor count of assault.

It wasn't clear if Davis had an attorney. He has been a deputy since April 2011.

Pittman has sued the sheriff's office and the deputies involved in the traffic stop.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/15/3917219/charleston-county-deputy-charged.html#storylink=cpy

Judge lets Cincinnati stun-gun death suit go forward

CINCINNATI -- A federal judge today refused to throw out a civil rights lawsuit in the case of an unarmed, mentally ill Ohio man who died during a confrontation with police after being shocked with a stun gun seven times, kicked and repeatedly struck with a baton - all mostly after he had fallen face-first onto cement and stopped moving.

Doug Boucher, 39, died after the Dec. 13, 2009, confrontation with two officers outside a convenience store in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason. Boucher had been stopped for allegedly making lewd comments to the store's 19-year-old female clerk.

Attorneys for the city of Mason had argued that the officers' actions were reasonable and justified, and that the lawsuit, filed by Boucher's parents, should be dropped.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel allowed allegations of excessive force, wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress to stand.

He also denied the city's request to stop a forensic pathologist from testifying that he believes the repeated use of the stun gun caused Boucher's heart to fail.

"What gives the court pause is that (the officers) repeatedly tased Boucher in such manner that a jury might find he was subjected to gratuitous violence from officers that momentarily `lost it.'" Spiegel wrote.


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