09/30/2009

Panel of civilians suspend Texas cop for arresting reporter

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times

TEXAS — An El Paso police officer who arrested KVIA reporter Darren Hunt and cameraman Ric Dupont in a videotaped encounter seen nationwide acted unprofessionally and was given an 11-day unpaid suspension, officials announced Tuesday.

A civilian disciplinary board made of members of the news media and lawyers also decided that allegations of unlawful arrest and excessive force leveled against former Sgt. Raul Ramirez were unfounded.

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