Jury rules cop can't assault, tase, beat nonviolent loitering suspect

July 9, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A federal jury has determined that a cop is not allowed to assault, tase, and beat a nonviolent loitering suspect, then kick him in the face.

A report from the U.S. Department of Justice explains former Louisiana police officer Dylan Hudson, 33, was convicted in a four-day trial of a charge of deprivation of rights under color of law.

The trial evidence, the DOJ said, established that Hudson "physically assaulted a loitering suspect during a daytime arrest in Shreveport, Louisiana."

It explained, "During the arrest, the defendant repeatedly struck the suspect in the head and face. The conduct described during the trial and played for the jury on video from police dashboard cameras included several applications of potentially deadly force. The defendant struck the suspect in the head with a loaded pistol, tased him at the base of the skull, and kicked him in the face."

But, other officers testified, the loitering suspect, who was not identified, was non-violent throughout the attack.

And, they said, the officer's violence actually created a danger to the suspect and others.

"Dylan Hudson’s conduct during this incident was unacceptable and he does not deserve the honor of wearing the badge. I hope the victim, our Shreveport community, and even the Shreveport Police Department can now begin to heal from Hudson’s unlawful conduct,” said U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown for the Western District of Louisiana.

“This is the first trial resulting in a guilty verdict that we have ever had in the history of this district where the defendant was a member of the Shreveport Police Department."

Douglas Williams Jr., a spokesman for the New Orleans FBI office, explained, "Hudson’s despicable actions have no place in law enforcement. The FBI and its partners are dedicated to protecting the public from individuals who misuse the trust and authority of the badge.”

The former officer could be given up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 26.

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