Judge Overturns Former Officer's Misconduct Conviction

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - A judge has overturned a former police
officer's conviction on an official misconduct charge.

Senior Judge Michael Harrod ruled to acquit former Berea Police
Lt. Billy Beavers after finding that the trial court "erred by
overruling defendant's motions for directed verdict."

Beavers was convicted of the misdemeanor charge after a Madison
County jury found that he broke rules by not filing a use-of-force
report following the arrest of a suspect last July. The jury fined
him $1.

Prosecutors had argued that Beavers intentionally opted not to
fill out the report after assisting in the arrest of a suspect
during a vehicle pursuit. The jury ruled Beavers did not
intentionally forget to put the report together.

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