Jury acquits state trooper who stomped handcuffed man's head, shattering teeth, breaking his nose and causing two facial fractures. Claimed the man was trying attack him.
A Pennsylvania state trooper accused of stomping a handcuffed man in the head during a botched 2009 drug raid was acquitted Monday of a federal civil rights violation charge. Cheers and applause erupted in the courtroom from more than two dozen of Kelly Cruz's law enforcement colleagues as the jury delivered its verdict to U.S. District Judge Mary A. McLaughlin. It took less than two hours for the panel of five men and seven women to come to its decision. A visibly relieved Cruz declined to comment. His lawyer, Christian J. Hoey, described the verdict as "a good decision." "Nobody celebrates the fact someone was injured," he said. "But he's a heck of a law enforcement officer and an asset to the United States." Cruz, 44, of Oxford, never denied that he caused the injuries sustained by 22-year-old Zachary Bare during an August raid on the man's home in Chester County. MORE @ http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140415_Jury_acquits_PA_state_trooper.html