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Video: Mo. Officer Fighting for Job After Acquittal

July 09, 2013  | 

VIDEO: St. Louis Officer Strikes Handcuffed Teen

A fired St. Louis (Mo.) Police officer is seeking reinstatement after a judge acquitted him of charges that he assaulted a handcuffed teen by striking him with his elbow.

Following Rory Bruce's acquittal by Judge Teresa Counts Burke, surveillance video of the incident surfaced that shows the officer striking the handcuffed suspect. The judge had declined to allow the video into evidence during the trial, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The officers had pulled over the teen on Feb. 20, 2012 and arrested him for driving a stolen car with drugs and guns. The teen had tried to pull a gun on Bruce, causing his partner, Jacob Fowler, to fire in self defense.

Charges weren't filed against the teen, after prosecutors cited insufficient evidence. The agency later fired Bruce after an internal investigation found he had crossed the line. A St. Louis Police Officer's Association spokesman told KMOV that Bruce was following his training when he delivered a forearm shiver to the teen's head.

Tags: St. Louis Metro PD, Officers Exonerated, Excessive Force, Self Defense


Comments (3)

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Officerjason @ 7/9/2013 10:50 AM

This job has gotten so political its ridiculous. The teen presented a weapon and still no charges were filed on him but yet there were charges filed on the officer. And we wonder why crime is rising so fast. The criminals have a better chance of walking than being convicted

Bob@Az. @ 7/9/2013 1:28 PM

Neat. Punk is caught AGAIN with a stolen car & drugs and he's still not charged. The prosecuters need to go "colorblind" and bag this little pos. And SLPD Blues, watch your six around the guys that are supposed to be on your side, 'cause it looks like their not. And Stay Safe.

krisnlc @ 7/9/2013 4:14 PM

Come on Bob from AZ..are you blind?...nothing this kid did in that video justified that action...nothing...this is when that blue should be wearing orange! The kid was caught and in cuffs for whatever he did. that is his ordeal and his burden to deal with....stupid prosecutors who dont charge him are a different story, this cop belongs in jail.

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