Posted: Mar 9, 2013 4:06 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville police officer has been fined $2 after being convicted of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect multiple times.
A Jefferson District Jury on Friday fined officer David Graham $1 for each of the charges stemming from the March 31, 2012 arrest of 19-year-old John R. Sanders. A videotape of Sanders' arrest shows Graham poking Sanders multiple times in the throat and slapping him.
Graham could have faced up to 12 months in jail on the misconduct charge and up to 90 days in jail for the harassment charge.
First Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Julie Hardesty called the guilty verdict "significant," even though the sentence was small.
Defense attorney Steve Schroering told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/WcCAqi ) his client was disappointed at being convicted, but thankful the jury gave him the "absolute minimum penalty."
Schoering said he would assume that the jury's message in imposing the $2 fine was "that while he was technically wrong in his conduct, they forgave him under the circumstances."
Graham, a Fourth Division officer who has been on the police force since 1999, could still face disciplinary action from the police department. Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said the officer remains on a paid administrative leave imposed last April pending the outcome of a continuing investigation by the department's Professional Standards Unit.
Sanders and another man were accused of punching, kicking and using pepper spray on someone in Old Louisville while taking an e-reader and other items. That case is still pending.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
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