Metro East family wants answers after police brutality case drags on for 2 years

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 5:01 PM

(KMOV.com) – A Belleville officer accused of police brutality is still on the job Thursday while the case against him remains in court.

The alleged victim, Mark Bush, and his family are growing frustrated waiting for a resolution.

“I want it done,” Bush's wife Lee Ann said. “I want to see justice done.”

It has been two years since Bush accused Belleville policeman Sean Harris of excessive force. Bush said Harris grabbed him by the neck and threw him to the ground in an apparent angry response because Bush insisted a police report be filled out about harassing phone calls he was getting.

The Belleville Police Department took Harris off the street immediately and assigned him to duties at police headquarters. Prosecutors charged him with misdemeanor battery and felony official misconduct.

But a judge’s medical issues and battles over what evidence will be allowed in court have dragged the case out so long Bush is left wondering if justice will get lost in the shuffle.

A motion hearing scheduled for Thursday at the St. Clair County Courthouse is just the latest court date to get cancelled and add to the frustration.

“I just want to know what’s going on,” said Bush’s Wife Lee Ann. “Why we can’t get this guy in court?”

Bush says he’s still on pain medication and, ultimately, just wants resolution.

“I just have a lot of questions that I can’t get answers and I can’t get answers for.”

The St. Clair State’s Attorney’s Office issued a statement saying they currently have a backlog of public corruption cases and they’re doing everything they can to move them forward.

Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to Harris, dropping the felony charge for a guilty plea of battery in hopes to conclude the case soon.

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