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San Francisco officer not guilty of using excessive force

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Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 18:56:09-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco police officer has been found not guilty of using excessive force in the 2019 beating of a man with a baton in a milestone case that created a rift between the police and prosecutors.

A jury on Monday found Terrance Stangel not guilty of three charges of assault and battery he faced in the beating of Dacari Spiers, a Black man who was unarmed.

Prosecutors say Stangel used excessive force when arresting Spiers. The officer’s defense says he used necessary force to subdue a violent suspect.