Ex-cop found not guilty of excessive force

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A former suburban St. Louis police officer has been acquitted in federal court of beating two teens and adult in a case prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division in Washington.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a federal jury on Thursday found ex-Velda City police officer Stan Lee Stanback not guilty of charges related to the 2008 encounter.

Stanback faced up to 10 years in prison but turned down a plea deal earlier this year that would have resulted in a 12- to 18-month sentence. Defense lawyer Matt Radefeld says Stanback also rejected an informal deal with federal prosecutors that likely would have resulted in probation. Some former colleagues were among those testifying against Stanback.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, stltoday.com