Jurors in a police-abuse trial declared Tuesday they could not reach a verdict on the assault charge against Jeremy Morse, the former Inglewood police officer caught on videotape last summer slamming Donovan Jackson, then 16, onto the trunk of a police car and punching him in the face.
In a case that drew national attention, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William R. Hollingsworth Jr. announced a hung jury on the charge against Morse, 25, after the foreman said further deliberations would not change members’ minds. The jury deadlocked with seven voting Morse guilty and five voting not guilty, a split the foreman said had changed little over three days of deliberations, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The same jury found Morse’s former partner, Bijan Darvish, 26, not guilty of filing a false police report about the confrontation. The two men faced up to three years in prison if convicted on the felony charges.