- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A former Kansas City police officer has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2014 arrest.

Shannon D. Hansen, 46, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty in Jackson County court last week to misdemeanor harassment stemming from an incident caught on police dashcam video, The Kansas City Star reported (https://j.mp/1VLjF5A ).

The case stemmed from the May 2, 2014, arrest of Manuel Palacio, who later pleaded guilty to stealing and is serving a five-year prison sentence. He sued police in December, saying they used excessive force during his arrest.

According to court documents, the video shows a police car driven by Hansen coming up from behind and bumping Palacio. The video also shows Hansen and another officer trying to take Palacio into custody, and Hansen can be seen striking Palacio in his upper body several times with a closed fist. Once Palacio is in handcuffs, Hansen uses his knee to press on Palacio’s body during a search.

In addition to two years of probation, Hansen was also ordered to serve 30 days of shock time in jail, perform 100 hours of community service and complete an anger-management class. He’s also prohibited from being employed in any law enforcement capacity.

Hansen, who surrendered Monday, resigned from the police department in July. He faces a year in jail if he fails his probation.

“As peace officers and public servants, we have a responsibility to always act with integrity and conduct ourselves in a professional manner, no matter the circumstances,” Chief Darryl Forté said in a release.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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