U.S. border officer acquitted of civil-rights charge
By CAROLYN THOMPSON
Associated Press Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y.- A U.S. border officer was acquitted Thursday of violating a Chinese tourist's civil rights by beating her at the U.S.-Canadian border.
Rhodes told investigators he believed the woman might have been associated with a drug suspect and ordered her inside, but she took off running.
He had faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Rhodes didn't comment to reporters after the verdict was read.
He was then led away by marshals and brought out a back door of the courthouse as a precaution. His attorney said Rhodes had received death threats.
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