Conviction Judged Difficult In L.A. Cop Beating

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It may be difficult to win a criminal conviction in the case of a Los Angeles police officer who beat a black suspected car thief with a flashlight as cameras rolled, says the Los Angeles Times. The videotape, Police Chief William J. Bratton has acknowledged, "looks very bad." Officer John Hatfield is shown kicking at Stanley Miller, who is sprawled face down, and then hitting him 11 times with a flashlight. the Times notes that in several highly publicized cases, including some in which the incidents were videotaped, the officers never were charged or were not found guilty. The . . .

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