November 28, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A federal jury has acquitted three former Fresno police officers and a police sergeant of brutality charges stemming from a 2005 domestic dispute call.
The Fresno Bee reports that jurors found Sgt. Michael Manfredi and former officers Paul Van Dalen, Chris Coleman and Sean Plymale not guilty on Wednesday of seven of eight counts of using excessive force and obstruction of justice.
Van Dalen and Coleman were accused of kicking the suspect, Rolando Celdon, and shooting him with a bean bag gun unnecessarily while arresting him in October 2005. Prosecutors say they also planted evidence and filed false police reports.
Manfredi and Plymale were accused of concealing the excessive force.
The defense said Celdon posed a serious threat, and the police reports the officers filed were drafts.
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