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St. Louis Officer Appeals Firing Recommendation

Posted: Jan 27, 2013 7:45 PM by Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suspended officer accused of assaulting a handcuffed man at a casino is appealing a recommendation that he be fired from the St. Louis police force.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a police division that investigates professional misconduct made the recommendation this fall.

The alleged assault happened in July 2012 after the officer went to the Lumière Place Casino to assist a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper who had arrested a man for trespassing.

The trespassing suspect says he was injured so seriously that he needed a wheelchair to be taken to a police cruiser. The suspect filed a civil lawsuit earlier this month.

The officer was arrested on suspicious of felony assault, but prosecutors aren't filing criminal charges.

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