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Partial verdict reached in police brutality case

? A jury acquitted two Ocean Beach police officers of the most serious charges in a brutality case Friday, but remained deadlocked on two others. Former Acting Police Chief George Hesse and Officer Arnold

News 12 Staff

Apr 10, 2009, 11:43 PM

Updated 5,581 days ago

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? A jury acquitted two Ocean Beach police officers of the most serious charges in a brutality case Friday, but remained deadlocked on two others.
Former Acting Police Chief George Hesse and Officer Arnold Hardman are accused of beating a tourist, Samuel Gilberd, at the Ocean Beach police station in 2005. They were found not guilty of the most serious charges related to the case, including gang assault.
However, the jury is deadlocked on third-degree assault charges against Hesse and official misconduct charges against both officers.
Gilberd had claimed he was kicked and punched so severely by Hesse that his bladder ruptured. Defense attorneys argued Gilberd's injuries were from a drunken fall.
The jury will continue deliberations Monday. Beforehand the judge will give the body an Allen charge, which encourages them to re-consider the evidence and put aside their differences to come to a decision on the two remaining charges.


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