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May 05, 2007
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L.A. officer ordered to stand trial in assault against cuffed teen

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A police officer accused of choking and punching a handcuffed teen was ordered to stand trial on two felony charges.

Sean Joseph Meade, 41, faces one count each of assault under the color of authority and filing a false police report.

A Superior Court commissioner rejected Friday a request from Meade's attorney to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors say the incident involved a 16-year-old boy who was arrested for a curfew violation and taken to the Police Department's Central Station on Dec. 5. The teen's hands were handcuffed behind his back when he was assaulted by the officer, authorities claim.

The boy was not injured.

The incident was partially videotaped by a camera set up to catch vandalism in a detectives' squad room but which also had a view into the doorless holding area.

The officer, who is on administrative leave, was free on his own recognizance. He was scheduled for arraignment May 18, said his attorney, Ira Salzman.


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