Police Video-Verdict

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A former suburban Los Angeles police officer, tried twice in the videotaped punching and slamming of a handcuffed black teenager, has won one-point-six (m) million dollars in a discrimination lawsuit.

Ex-Inglewood officers Jeremy Morse and his then-partner, Bijan (BEE'-zhan) Darvish, both white, sued the city for firing Morse and suspending Darvish after their scrap with Donovan Jackson in 2002.
Darvish was awarded 810-thousand dollars.

The assault charge against Morse was dismissed last year after juries in his two criminal trials had deadlocked. The first jury acquitted Darvish of filing a false report.

Inglewood Police Chief Ronald Banks, who is black, says race wasn't a factor in his decision to discipline the officers. Banks says he's shocked at the verdict and the size of the awards, which he called ridiculous.

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