Judge clears another cop punching handcuffed teen

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A former St. Louis police officer has been cleared of assault charges and wants his job back.

Rory Bruce was accused of punching a handcuffed teenage suspect in the face in February 2012. Prosecutors say the assault was caught on video.

A judge found Bruce not guilty last Thursday.

Now, the St. Louis Police Officer Association is asking the chief to reinstate Bruce.

Tuesday, after a Freedom of Information Act request by KSDK, St. Louis Police released video from a police vehicle of the incident in question.

Prosecutors say the video shows Bruce abusing his power, but they say Associate Circuit Judge Theresa Burke never watched the video before acquitting the officer of assault charges.

Prosecutors say the video shows the former officer on a stop in February of 2012. They also say he crossed the line in the video when he punched a handcuffed 16 year old. The St. Louis Police Officers Association says it was a defense tactic.

Bruce was fired for his actions but last week a judge cleared him of 3rd degree assault. But the video was not allowed as evidence in the bench trial.

In a statement, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says, "We are disappointed that Judge Burke did not view the videotape footage... which we believe clearly shows Rory Bruce beating a handcuffed teenager."

"Police officers have to make split second decisions in life and death situations and I don't think that folks over at the Circuit Attorney's office or folks up in Internal Affairs should second guess them based on their brief impression of a video tape," says Jeff Roorda with the SLPOA. "It doesn't tell the whole story," he says.

NewsChannel 5 is still trying to answer the question "why wasn't the video allowed at trial?"

In the meantime, the union wants Bruce reinstated as a police officer. The Department declined to comment saying it is a personnel matter.

NewsChannel 5 is still trying to answer the question "why wasn't the video allowed at trial?"

We all know exactly why.

America is a fucking disgrace.

I found another article that talked about how the judge ruled the video couldn't be authenticated, which is crap. They got the partner on the stand, he admitted it was him and his partner in the video, that's authentication, but she ruled otherwise because the partner said "that's not how I remember it happening." Well no crap buddy?!

Is that all anyone has to say to get a video tossed with this judge?

That's fucked up Phone Post 3.0

As long as they can keep it from going to trial they can protect the assaulting officer even if it's on video. This is apparently the strategy. The corrupt prosecutor protects the corrupt cops.

See. THIS is what people should rally around.

Wow! That's pretty bad. In for the "if you're not a criminal, this wouldn't happen" crowd. Phone Post 3.0

He has no business being a cop.

sparkyman - See. THIS is what people should rally around.

If it wasn't on video they would say he headbutted one officer in the throat and was attempting kick out the kneecap of the other. Not to mention he's a THUG and in custody for a reason.

attjack - As long as they can keep it from going to trial they can protect the assaulting officer even if it's on video. This is apparently the strategy. The corrupt prosecutor protects the corrupt cops.

How is the proscutor corrupt if they were TRYING to get him charged? The judge was the one who let it go. Do you even read or watch any of these posts or just respond out of pure emotion and no thought what so ever?

attjack - As long as they can keep it from going to trial they can protect the assaulting officer even if it's on video. This is apparently the strategy. The corrupt prosecutor protects the corrupt cops.

It did go to trial. The prosecutor is on the record complaining about this verdict.

I for one am shocked /sarcasm Phone Post 3.0

Because usually the prosecutors are in league with the cops and it's because of them the case never even goes to trial. Maybe not this case but usually.

And LOL at racist Blacks who think this is a White vs Black issue, as if us Whites liked the fact our police is abusing its powers with impunity. And as if we deserved to be "retaliated against" for it.

Instead of being racist idiots, maybe they should band with the rest of us to get things changed. By acting out in riots and random racist attacks, they actually make the population look to the police instead.

Crashdt - 
attjack - As long as they can keep it from going to trial they can protect the assaulting officer even if it's on video. This is apparently the strategy. The corrupt prosecutor protects the corrupt cops.

How is the proscutor corrupt if they were TRYING to get him charged? The judge was the one who let it go. Do you even read or watch any of these posts or just respond out of pure emotion and no thought what so ever?

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But fine replace prosecute with judge in this case. Point is the system broke down again.

Blue taliban. Phone Post 3.0

Suspect attempted to use a well known Jedi power known as The Force to unarm police officers and escape. Luckily, the police officers were able to punch the fucking shit out of the suspect and caused his mental powers to subside just in time. These officers will thankfully go home safely to their wives and children. Phone Post 3.0

Was more of an elbow than a punch, really. Poor journalism.

totally uncalled for no matter what the cuffed guy was saying or doing

 

did he spit on the cop or something?