Hung jury in St. Louis police brutality lawsuit - KMOV.com

Hung jury in St. Louis police brutality lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A retrial is expected in the next several months after federal jurors deadlocked in a case alleging St. Louis police used excessive force during a 2002 arrest.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that jurors were unable to reach a verdict Friday in the civil rights lawsuit. Besides police brutality, the suit also accused the Board of Police Commissioners of shirking its oversight role.

At issue is what happened during the arrest of Kenneth Rohrbough, a Marine Corps veteran and son of a former St. Louis police officer.

Rohrbough alleges he was beaten by officers. And his attorney said that in the five years before the arrest, only one case of physical abuse by St. Louis officers was sustained.

But the defense said Rohrbough never told anyone that he had been beaten until lawyers got involved.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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