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Jury acquits police officer accused of excessive force

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Posted at 9:58 PM, Sep 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 23:58:25-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Colorado Springs police officer accused of choking, kicking and punching a man during a traffic crash investigation.

The Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/eDt7Fq ) jurors found Sgt. Steven Biscaro not guilty Friday of menacing and third-degree assault.

Biscaro's arrest affidavit says deputies had been interviewing 43-year-old Michael Ferguson after a Dec. 2 crash when Ferguson "became unruly." Deputies say they had gotten him under control until Biscaro arrived and the situation escalated.

Biscaro testified he pulled Ferguson from the back of a sheriff's office cruiser when he saw him kicking at the car door. The sergeant says he didn't choke Ferguson but placed his hands under the man's chin to guide his head after pulling him from the cruiser.

Biscaro also says he hit Ferguson twice on his back to stop him from grabbing a knife.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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