Last Summer’s Televised Cop Beatdown Goes On Trial

police-brutality.jpgASSOCIATED PRESS: The lawyer for a man accused of shooting three people on a North Philadelphia street corner last year says the only eyewitness has changed details of what he saw in the course of five statements. Defense lawyer Mary Maran, representing Pete Hopkins Jr., says police want to get a conviction in order to justify the actions of police officers who pummeled her client and his co-defendants. The beating was captured on video by a TV news helicopter and resulted in four officers getting fired. Assistant District Attorney Carol Meehan Sweeney acknowledges that the videotape overshadows the case. But she told the jury that the men are nonetheless guilty and should not get off because of the tape. MORE

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