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Texas Arbitrator Rules Hood Slam Wasn't Excessive Force

August 02, 2010  | 

An aribtrator has ruled in favor of an east Texas police officer whose rough arrest of an auto-theft suspect had resulted in a two-day suspension from the Paris (Texas) police chief, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Officer Jeremy Massey, who was off-duty at the time of the arrest, handcuffed 18-year-old Cornelius Gill and slammed him onto the hood of a cruiser driven by a uniformed back-up officer.

According to accounts of the incident, Massey was questioning Gill, when he began resisting and may have kicked the officer in the chest. Massey appealed the two-day suspection.

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