Excessive force suspension overturned for Texas cop who slammed suspect onto squad car’s hood

By Jeff Carlton, AP
Thursday, July 29, 2010

Excessive force suspension reversed for Texas cop

DALLAS — An arbitrator has reversed the suspension of a white east Texas police officer seen on videotape slamming a black handcuffed suspect face first onto the hood of a squad car.

Examiner Harold E. Moore determined Paris police Officer Jeremy Massey’s actions were reasonable. Moore said Massey was maintaining custody of the 18-year-old suspect while protecting himself as three others came toward him.

The arrest last year sparked outrage in racially charged Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas.

The ruling was made public this week. It means the Paris Police Department must restore income to Massey, who was suspended for two days without pay earlier this year. Also, the suspension will not be a part of Massey’s personnel file.

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