St. Louis police officer convicted of civil rights violation
ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis police officer has been convicted of handcuffing a man and then driving him around and berating him over an argument the man had with the officer’s girlfriend.
Officer Kenneth Grooms II is set to be sentenced Oct. 3 in federal court for the misdemeanor civil rights violation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour before convicting Grooms of depriving the man of his constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure.
Prosecutors say Grooms picked the man up from a restaurant in May 2018 while in uniform. Grooms then handcuffed him and drove around in his police SUV, slamming on the brakes to throw the man around in the backseat.
The defense said Grooms could have justifiably arrested the man.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch