Mis­sis­sippi po­lice of­fi­cer con­victed of as­sault­ing man

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JACK­SON, MISS.

A po­lice of­fi­cer in Mis­sis­sippi has been con­victed of as­sault­ing a hand­cuffed man.

WLBT-TV re­ported Tues­day that a Hinds County judge found for­mer Jack­son Po­lice of­fi­cer Justin Roberts guilty and fined him $500.

Roberts was recorded by cell­phone in 2017 mak­ing an ar­rest and was seen punch­ing and kick­ing a hand­cuffed man.

Roberts was fired by the Jack­son Po­lice Depart­ment. He now works as a po­lice of­fi­cer at Jack­son State Uni­ver­sity.

An at­tor­ney for LaDar­ius Brown said his client suf­fers from mem­ory loss and headaches since that ar­rest. At­tor­ney Car­los Moore notes Brown was never con­victed of any­thing. Moore says he’s grate­ful for the con­vic­tion.

An at­tor­ney for Roberts, Fran­cis Springer, said the of­fi­cer was just do­ing his job. Springer said he is con­sid­er­ing an ap­peal.

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